Last Chance for Rosetta Observations

From: Thomas Goodey (thomas@flyingkettle.com)
Date: Sat Nov 14 2009 - 15:25:35 UTC

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    On 11 Nov 2009 at 19:24, Gerhard HOLTKAMP wrote:
    
    > On 13-NOV-09 at 7:45:40 UTC the Rosetta spacecraft will pass just
    > south of the Indonesian island of Java at an altitude of 2481 km during
    > its third and final Earth gravity assist maneuver. 
    
    This will be an extremely interesting opportunity for NASA to obtain another 
    data point, in connection with the so-called "flyby anomaly" detected by John 
    Anderson et al. It appears that on a number of close Earth flybys, spacecraft 
    have gained a bit more energy than predicted by current physics, and that the 
    amount of anomalous extra energy seems to be related to the geometry of these 
    flybys. So, here we go again!
    
    Thomas Goodey
    
    
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