Philae’s landing site

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 3:10 PM
Jens Biele1, Stephan Ulamec1, J.-P. Bibring2, Holger Sierks3, Maria Teresa Capria4, Paul A A Von Allmen5, Koen Geurts1, Michael Maibaum1, Barbara Cozzoni1, Eric Jurado6, Cedric Delmas6, Alejandro Blazquez6, Elisabet Canalias6, Cinzia Fantinati1 and Valentina Lommatsch1, (1)German Aerospace Center DLR Cologne, Cologne, Germany, (2)Univ. de Paris Sud-Orsay, IAS, Orsay, France, (3)Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, (4)IAPS-INAF, Rome, Italy, (5)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (6)CNES French National Center for Space Studies, Toulouse Cedex 09, France
The Rosetta Lander, Philae, will have landed on 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko in November 2014. We describe the landing site selection process as performed. While this process, which relies heavily on science data products from the Rosetta orbiter instruments (Osiris, Virtis, Miro, Rosina and Alice) has been planned years ahead, the real process had its surprises. The rationale of downselecting the final landing site is described along with the models and data available then. Finally, the paper will report on the actual landing and the very first results, comparing our expectations with what Phile found at the real landing site.

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.