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Rosetta Mission / Follow the Philae module's descent live

Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Wednesday 12 November 2014, a first in the history of space exploration! Follow the Philae module's descent live.

On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Rosetta, the space probe launched by the European Space Agency (ESA), will release the Philae module which is due to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is a first in the history of space exploration! A rendezvous not to be missed! You can follow developments live by going to one of the ESA Establishments where presentations on the background to the mission will be given, or by visiting this website: http://rosetta.esa.int/LS0EC10.html or one of the websites below.

Separation of the orbiter from the lander takes place this morning. Following a descent expected to last 7 hours, Philae will attempt to grip unknown ground, despite the very weak gravity. If it pulls off this extraordinary technical challenge, the lander will send back from the surface of the comet the first photos of this unknown landscape.

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Panel-Discussion, Salon-de-Provence, Thursday 6 November

Space applications
and their benefits to industry

Thursday 6 November 2014, from 6pm to 7.30pm
Air Base 701, École de l’Air
Amphithéâtre Marin La Meslée


Organised under the auspices of the 2014 Presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), held by Salon-de-Provence,
in partnership with the École de l'Air

What services, products and technologies can one develop so as to create applications drawing on the space sector? What are the areas of activity which benefit from this? What is the role of business incubators and competitiveness clusters? How can the end-user be involved, so as to better identify needs? Who are the actors in the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur) region?

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Follow live the launch of Ariane 5 ECA – flight VA220

The launch of Ariane 5 ECA - flight VA220 is scheduled to take place from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport, on Thursday 16 October 2014, as early as possible within the following launch window:

  • 18:00 to 19:51, Kourou time
  • 21:00 to 21:51, UTC,
  • 23:00 to 00:51, Paris time (i.e. during the night of 16 to 17 October).

Ariane 5 V220 sur la Zone de Lancement
Image ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE–Optique Video du CSG, R. Pron

Start of video programme at 17:45 (Kourou) and 22:45 (Paris) :

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Follow the Rosetta mission!

Selfie de Rosetta

Already many of us throughout the world are following the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. This ESA mission brings together numerous contributions from ESA’s Member States and from NASA. The Philae lander was funded by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), CNES, the French space agency, and ASI, the Italian space agency.

The Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since 6 August 2014. It is currently approaching the landing site over which it is to release the Philae lander.

It is the CNES’s CIVA camera, installed on Philae, which enabled us to obtain this fantastic image taken on 7 October, when Rosetta was only 16 km away from the comet.

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