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NASA - JPL - Microwave Instrument on the Rosetta Orbiter
July 30, 2008

[image-50][image-69][image-87]Microwave Instrument on the Rosetta Orbiter

Overview:

This JPL instrument will study gases given off by comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet during its swing through the inner solar system.

The instrument will measure the amounts of carbon monoxide, ammonia, methanol and oxygen leaving the comet, which will show how the different comet materials change from ice to gas, and will help determine temperature changes as the comet approaches the Sun.

Mission Details:

Purpose: Instrument on comet orbiter

Fast Facts:
Launch: March 2, 2004
Comet Rendezvous: 2014


Related Links:
> Instrument overview
> Rosetta home page

MIRO microwave instrument details.
MIRO microwave instrument details.
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Artist's concept image of Rosetta orbiter.
Artist's concept image of Rosetta orbiter.
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Artist's concept image of Rosetta orbiter.
Artist's concept image of Rosetta orbiter.
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