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Comet 46P/Wirtanen Delft porcelain plate

Comet 46P/Wirtanen Delft porcelain plate

Date: 13 December 2018
Satellite: Rosetta
Copyright: G. Schwehm

A porcelain plate featuring Comet 46P/Wirtanen, commissioned by ESA to Royal Delft to commemorate the launch of the Rosetta mission, then planned for 2003.

A bright comet with a period of 5.5 years, 46P had been chosen in the 1990s as the target of ESA's Rosetta mission. However, a launch delay to 2004 prompted the mission team to select a new target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which was visited by Rosetta between 2014 and 2016.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
29-May-2024 20:55 UT

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