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No. 92 - Passing Orbital Perihelion

No. 92 - Passing Orbital Perihelion

Report for Period 01 December to 21 December 2007During the reporting period Rosetta went through the perihelion of its current orbit around theSun (17 Dec 2007 at 0.91077 AU from the Sun) without problems. The spacecraft distance from the Sun will now increase to reach a maximum of ca. 2.26 AU in December 2008.

Activities had a very low profile during the reporting period and performance of the mission has been nominal. The spacecraft observed the same area of the sky it will see during the approach to asteroid Steins next year. This was used for test and calibration purposes of the Navigation Cameras.

DOY Date Pass Main Activity
337 03/12/07 NNO 1375 Monitoring
339 05/12/07 NNO 1377 Monitoring
345 11/12/07 NNO 1383 Monitoring and Steins observation preparation
347 13/12/07 NNO 1385 Monitoring
351 17/12/07 NNO 1389 Steins observations with NAVCAMs and MIDAS Test part 1
352 18/12/07 NNO 1390 MIDAS Test part 2
353 19/12/07 NNO 1391 Monitoring

At the end of the reporting period (DoY 355) Rosetta was at 30.17 million km from Earth (0.2 AU) and the one-way signal travel time was 101 seconds. The distance to the Sun was 136.4 million km (0.912 AU).


The instrument is OFF.

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Instrument is on as part of an out-gassing attempt.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is in muted status.

The instrument is OFF.

The instrument is OFF.

Since DoY 248/2007 the accumulation settings are configured for active cruise mode.

Future Milestones

The cruise phase continues towards asteroid Steins that will be encountered early September 2008. During the next weeks Rosetta will complete the Steins observation campaign and start the reconfiguration of the various spacecraft subsystems for intermediate Sun distances. The reconfiguration will be completed in March before the entry in Near Sun Hibernation Mode. The second leg of the post-Earth Swing-by trajectory correction is planned for 21 February 2008.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
30-May-2024 15:58 UT

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