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21 Lutetia, Rosetta's July target

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

16-04-2010 13:13 CDT

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While I was waiting for President Obama's speech yesterday, I read over a paper by I. N. Belskaya et al titled "Puzzling asteroid 21 Lutetia: our knowledge prior to the Rosetta fly-by." Rosetta is ESA's comet rendezvous mission, which will enter orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May 2014 after a decade-long cruise. On the way to the comet, it's had three flybys of Earth and two planned encounters with asteroids, one with

 
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