This ESA mission is on its way to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Professor C. T. Russell is a co-investigator of the
ROMAP investigation on the package
that lands on the surface of
Comet 67P/C-G. The scientific objectives of the ROMAP
investigation include: long term monitoring of cometary activity as it approaches the sun;
detection of any remanent magnetization; passive electromagnetic sounding of the nucleus; charging of
the lander package. The trajectory takes Rosetta past asteroids 21 Lutetia and Steins and then to a rendezvous
with Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it moves in toward perihelion.
Rendezvous is scheduled for May 2014 with lander delivery in November 2014. Mission ends in December 2015 four months after perihelion passage.
The latest news about this mission is
available from ESA's website.
Artist's impression of the