Asteroid Lutetia in the sights of two satellites

ESA’s Rosetta probe is destined to flyby the asteroid Lutetia on the 10th of July. When it does so, it will take close up images of the asteroid’s surface, the dust and atoms surrounding it and also the magnetic environment. However the speed of the pass means that some instruments won’t be able to do full justice to the mission. However, there is an alternative. The Herschel Infrared Space Telescope will be pointed towards Lutetia in the hours before the flyby and will conduct a series of observations during events.

Meanwhile, at a distance of 5.8 million miles, Rosetta has already obatined the asteroid in its cameras.


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