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Rosetta encounters a diamond in the sky. [20080909|11:47]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Rosetta, the spacecraft that's currently on its way to Comet 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko, got to test its flyby capabilities on Asteroid Steins last week. It awoke out of hibernation and its tracking systems allowed it to follow Steins throughout closest approach (800 km) as it went screaming past at 31000 km/h.

Steins Mosaic


A fantastic animation of the encounter images from the wide-angle camera can be found on the ESA web site here. If you're geeky enough to have a pair of 3D glasses handy, check out Steins in 3D there too.

(Imperial is responsible for the Rosetta Plasma Consortium, and our own magnetometer laboratory provided the Plasma Interface Unit (PIU) for the spacecraft. The PIU allows five sensors, including the magnetometer of course, to share data and power resources.)
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2008-09-09 14:46 (UTC)
That is so cool.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-09-09 19:01 (UTC)
I think I watched it about 20 times.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-09-10 12:59 (UTC)
I'm blown away by the image resolution, seriously. Sadly, it's gonna be six more years until Rosetta gets to "Chury Gery". But it'll do another asteroid flyby before that.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2008-09-10 01:12 (UTC)
I'm retarded and my brain is fried from the last week. I blame the three billion grams of sugar we've consumed in the last few days in an effort to smooth over the trauma of hurricane evacuation. Is this a diamond shaped asteroid that a spaceship flew around? It's purty.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-09-10 12:57 (UTC)
Yes, you've got it right! The sugar hasn't harmed you, it's good.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2008-09-10 08:25 (UTC)
There's a Beatles joke in here somewhere, I just know it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-09-10 12:56 (UTC)
HAHA. Oh, that took me far too long to puzzle out. Clearly I have been concentrating far too hard on programming lately.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-09-10 08:31 (UTC)
Ooh, Dad just gave me some 3D glasses for just such a purpose! Now I can check them out.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-09-10 12:57 (UTC)
I need to get my own pair at work so I can stop thieving them from other people.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-09-10 15:59 (UTC)
You'll want two pairs- one cyan-red and one blue-red or blue/cyan-red (I occasionally come upon the latter on NASA sites).

Mirachromes are great cyan-red glasses for viewing on computer monitors.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-09-10 16:03 (UTC)

Cool!!!!

That animation gave me goosebumps.



"What, me geeky?"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-09-12 10:57 (UTC)
Those are by far the hippest 3D glasses I have ever seen. WANT.
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