FP trendDecember 14, 2020 4:02:35 PM IST
Engineers in the UK will soon be working on a spaceship that will chase comets, track them down and map celestial objects in three dimensions. According to a report by The guardThe mission includes three spaceships designed to work together. The mother ship is being built in the UK by Thales Alenia Space and contains two smaller robotic probes from Japan that can be released for extremely close flybys in the immediate vicinity of the comet. The probes then beam images and other data back to the mother ship.
Andrew Stanniland, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, spoke about the development of the comet hunter and said it would be fascinating. He added that the mission will allow scientists to know the history of the solar system like never before.
In one Press releaseGünther Hasinger, ESA’s Director of Science, said: “The tremendous scientific achievements of Giotto and Rosetta – our previous missions to comets – are unrivaled, but now it is time to build on their successes and visit or be ready to visit an untouched comet be the next ‘Oumuamua-like interstellar object.’
After this reportThe spaceship, officially known as the Comet Interceptor, will launch in 2028 and head for a no man’s land on the other side of the earth, opposite the sun. It will wait there for astronomers to find a suitable target to study. The interceptor could examine any number of celestial bodies, from the Oort cloud comets to the interstellar cigar-shaped asteroid Oumuamua.
The Comet interceptor The mission was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) in June 2019 to combine a breakthrough in comet discovery with a compact and agile spaceship that can reveal a lot to scientists about a pristine comet entering for the first time Solar system invades time. The interceptor can also hit any interstellar object that passes the solar system if it is found to be on a suitable trajectory.