Rosetta: Expecting first light from OSIRIS

Just to remind everyone, for today it’s scheduled to let OSIRIS have a first look at 67P:

24 March – Pending successful re-activation, OSIRIS will take a first look in the direction of the comet. The comet will be too far away (around 5 million kilometres) to resolve in these first images and its light will be seen in just a couple of pixels. These images will be acquired regularly for navigation purposes and to already start planning the trajectory corrections planned for  May.

ROSETTA READY FOR PAYLOAD CHECK-OUT; 2014-03-05; ESA; Source: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/03/05/rosetta-ready-for-payload-check-out/

OSIRIS is a camera with wide- and narrow-angle optics along with quite a few filters for different spectra and was covered in part 2 of the “All eyes on Rosetta” series.

In the meantime, here an older picture OSIRIS took before going to sleep:

. Colour composite of the Orion nebula M42, obtained with the OSIRIS NAC during commissioning

Colour composite of the Orion nebula M42, obtained with the OSIRIS NAC during commissioning; Keller et al. 2007, “OSIRIS – The Scientific Camera System Onboard Rosetta”; Figure 39; Page 39

I can’t wait for OSIRIS’ first light after ending hibernation.

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