Last quote by Andrea Accomazzo
Andrea Accomazzo quotes
The mission is not over for us it continues. We are preparing for the coming days, the coming weeks, the coming months and maybe a couple of years more.
We have been living and flying together for 10 years, now Philae has gone, it's on its path down to the comet.
Now that we have arrived at the comet we have to start characterising this object. This object has a very strange shape. So what we are going to fly in the very beginning is very strange orbits, almost a triangular shape, which allows us to view the object from different angles, and with this we can reconstruct its shape. These arcs that we are flying now in August are bent by the gravity of the comet itself, and this is what we want to measure. We use the spacecraft itself as a sensor for the gravity of the comet.
This is fundamental what we are doing these days for the continuation of the mission. If we have not characterised the comet properly we cannot fly around it. We have to learn to fly around a comet while we are flying around the comet, this is a sort of self-referencing problem and we have to sort it out within a couple of weeks.
We have a very tiny time window to pick up this signal and to command the spacecraft into its next configuration – this is our challenge for the hibernation exit.