TASS: Space – the Comet Churyumov

Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko with the module “Fily” reached the nearest point to the Sun

Apparatus “Rosetta” was launched into space in March 2004 with a spaceport in Kourou to study the comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. To the destination apparatus has arrived in 2014 and is currently in orbit around the comet. November 12, 2014 on the surface of the investigated object was launched module “Fily”. He entered the history of space exploration, as the first probe successfully landing on a comet for the first time and managed to drill the surface for the taking of soil samples. Thanks to this unique scientific mission scientists expect to obtain detailed data about the physical and chemical structure of the comet, which will greatly expand human knowledge about the origin of the Universe.

According to him, the closer to the star in recent months, the comet’s activity has steadily increased. This is evidenced by the comparison of Photographs taken by Rosetta, the robot lander with a difference a year last summer and now. If the first images of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears lifeless dark stone, new bright clearly visible dust plume that arose under the influence of the sun’s heat at its core. “A few days ago the comet has entered a stage of increased activity, explained Altobelli. – It is expected to reach a peak in the coming weeks, because it takes time to heat that has penetrated to the core”.

Due to the activation of the comet of uctible forced to take on a removal apparatus “Rosetta”, which pursues celestial body all the way. According to the decision of the control center of ESA in Darmstadt, so as not to damage sensitive equipment, he continues observation at a distance of 330 km. “At the moment she /comet/ emits about a ton of dust and about 300 kg of gas per second,” – said the scientist.

Located on the surface of the comet module “Fily” while not communicate. The last signal from the probe arrived at Earth on 9 July, after which he stopped. ESA scientists do not lose hope that the robot will continue to collect data in offline mode and will give valuable information later. On the comet while it approaches the Sun, it is on the shady side, where the temperature is below 50 degrees.

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