Kiwis closely watching historic comet landing

Posted: 13 November, 2014 in Space
New Zealand tech company Rakon’s special frequency-control technology is crucial to the space probe’s historic mission.
The Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

New Zealand engineers will be watching closely as a space probe attempts to hitch a ride on a comet streaking by at 66,000km/h early tomorrow morning.

Scientists have waited more than a decade for one of the most audacious space adventures ever – the European Space Agency’s attempt to land a scientific probe on the giant ball of ice and dust known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

They’ll find out about 5am tomorrow (NZT) whether their plan will work when the agency’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, gives its unmanned Rosetta space probe the final go-ahead to drop a lander on the comet.

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– AP, with additional reporting by  NZ Herald

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