Croiser le chemin d'une comète qui n'était encore jamais venu voir le Soleil ? C'est l'objectif de Comet Interceptor. © ESA

We’re going to visit a new comet!

On June 8, the European Space Agency gave the green light to start building the probe comet objection. The mission study phase is now complete, but before moving on to construction, the ESA must first select the industrialist who will be the main contractor. Take off in 2029.

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Attention, masterpiece and excitement guaranteed! The European Space Agency takes us back to the last flybys of the Rosetta probe around Comet Chauri before it crashed onto its surface. We can admire in high resolution the astonishing details of the icy surface of the star that it has accompanied and observed for two years. It’s really cool!

If there is one discipline that European engineers can be proud of, it is comet exploration. Everyone remembers the legendary mission Rashid about the comet churi In 2014 there was also this emphasis on making comets… “data-image=” .jpg “data – url = “” data-more = “Read more”>Giotto Who flew over the famous Halley’s Comet in 1986 and Comet Grigg-Skellerup in 1992.

Based on this experience, the European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape European space capacity development activities and … “data-image =” buildsv6/images/midioriginal/0/9/f/09f0b05e28_50034401_logo-esa-fs.jpg “data-url=”” data-more= “Read more”>ESA) will build the Comet Interceptor, a probe that will be left to study a comet or a interstellar object of the umuamua type. The probe will take off in 2029 as a secondary passenger in the future space telescope European Ariel. Rocket Ariadne 6 It will send them to the Lagrangian point L2 in the Earth-Sun system. There she will wait for her target, hitherto unknown, and for good reason: she has yet to be found.

The probe that… awaits its destination

The target of the Comet Interceptor is a very rare type of object, coming from the far reaches Our solar systemIn the Oort cloud. It can even come from beyond, ie from the interstellar medium. The ideal is that this object penetrates our solar system For the first time in his life. These things are unpredictable today when it comes to knowing their arrival date and can land you by surprise as it happened’أوOumuamua. Powerful observatories, such as Vera Robinit will be used to detect the target early enough that the Comet Interceptor leaves its location and crosses its path.

Comet Interceptor will be equipped with dozens of instruments to study the surface, as well as two sub-satellites, one of which will be provided byJapan Space Agency (JAXA). Weighing less than a ton, the mission resulting from the program cosmic vision From ESA it is said to be “fast” in organic matter, nitrogen, etc.
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Organic matter, which constitutes living organisms (animals or plants) or … “data-image=” jpg ” data-url = “” data-more = “read more”>issue of development. Comet Interceptor will put itself first orbiting About the target to study it and get a 3D visualization. Next, the sub-satellites will study the core and comet tail. Scientists hope to find new materials dating back to the birth of the solar system, which will allow us to learn more about its history.

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