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Rosetta Followed By Unknown Object

From: Joachim Koch <lists.nul>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 19:24:41 +0100
Archived: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 06:44:31 -0500
Subject: Rosetta Followed By Unknown Object


News is surfacing that the epoch making space probe Rosetta was
followed by an unknown object since its swing-by-maneuver at
Mars in February 2007!

Gerhard Schwelm, responsible for scientific missions at ESA in
Darmstadt, Germany, explained that for months since Rosetta's
Mars approach, an unknown object accidently took the same course
towards Earth as the probe itself.

"Supposedly it is an asteroid and it only looks like as if this
object has chased Rosetta", Schwelm said at a press conference.

Since February 2007, both objects have travelled together, one
after another, towards Earth for more than 70 million kilometer.

The asteroid is five to ten meters in diameter, smaller than
Rosetta and constantly approached the probe during flight. It
is slightly darker than the probe and has a nearly identical
course. US scientists - following their behavior to name
everything - have named the object: 'Son of Rosetta'.

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Schwelm thinks that both courses have divided since Rosetta's
approach and swing-by near Earth on November 13.

Rosetta passed by Earth at a distance of 5302 kilometer and the
object at a distance of 230.00 kilometer.

The object was never photographed.

Joachim Koch

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