passes first tests
Rosetta detected water molecules in the "atmosphere" around
Europe's comet-chasing spacecraft successfully completed its first
scientific task: observation of Comet C/2002 T7, or Comet Linear.
It even detected water molecules in the "atmosphere" around
the comet. The £600 million probe is on a 7 billion-km journey
to rendezvous with a different target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Story BBC News_ 5/28/04
Two asteroid fly-bys
The Rosetta Science Working Team has made the final selection of
the asteroids that Rosetta will observe at close quarters during
its journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Steins and Lutetia
lie in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
story ESA 3/11/04
Rosetta begins its 10-year journey
to the origins of the Solar System
Europe’s Rosetta cometary probe has been successfully launched
into an orbit around the Sun, which will allow it to reach the comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 after three flybys of the Earth
and one of Mars. During this 10-year journey, the probe will pass
close to at least one asteroid. Full
story European Space Agency 3/2/04