Specialists representing the European space Agency, ESA, reported that after three months the mission of the probe “Rosetta” will end. September 30, research will be directed probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and quite likely will break in contact with her. However, even during the last peak research station will serve to science, scientists say.
The researchers explain that soon the probe will move away from the Sun so that the light will no longer be enough to ensure the operation of his batteries. However, for a long time to load the station in a “sleep” mode, as was done in 2011, this time is too risky — it is not excluded that subsequently get it out of this mode does not work. So after about a month the movement of the probe will adjust in such a way that it will with every turn around the comet to get closer to her, until you sit on its surface, or, under less favorable circumstances, will not break on it. However, even if the landing is successful, all devices Rosetta will still be disabled, and the mission will end. Experts hope that the station will be approximately at the same point on the surface of the planet, and in the past she delivered the lander “Fily”.
In the last hours of its operation, the probe is flying at a very short distance from the comet needs to get done and pass multiple record clear images as well as to gather with their equipment other data, access to which will be possible only during such a finishing maneuver.
Experts note that because of the “uneven” gravity and the unusual shape of the comet plan landing on her “Rosetta” will be very difficult. However, the researchers are already working on a solution to this problem.
Research probe “Rosetta” with spokeman on the apparatus “Fily” on Board was launched to comet 67P/Churyumov – Gerasimenko on March 2, 2004, and in August 2014 was close to her, thus becoming the first spacecraft that entered the orbit of the comet. 12 Nov 2014 the module Philae landed on the surface of a celestial body and, although due to technical problems he failed to gain a foothold at a scheduled point during the work on the surface was able to gather some valuable information.
Experts note that during operation, Rosetta has gathered sufficient data to scientists was to analyze even some time after the official end of the project.