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Tag Archives: MIDAS

Scanning the deep space hibernation target

Throughout the 957 hibernation period of Rosetta, MIDAS has been in its “exposure” mode, with a clean target positioned at the funnel and the shutter open – see the diagram below to get an idea of the gemoetry. Although the … Continue reading

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Software upgrade at 655 million kilometres

Please note: this article first appeared on the ESA Rosetta Blog here Software upgrades are something we are all too familiar with – almost every day small fixes, or patches, are ready to download to our computers, phones and tablets. … Continue reading

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Waking MIDAS

Please note: this article appeared first, in abridged form, on the ESA Rosetta Blog here After nearly 1000 days in hibernation, Rosetta was successfully woken up and recommissioned; the spacecraft is healthy and ready to get down to science at … Continue reading

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Introducing MIDAS: Rosetta’s Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System

Please note: this article first appeared on the ESA Rosetta blog here.   The MIDAS instrument was the first of its type to ever be launched into space. An Atomic Force Microscope like MIDAS is designed to measure the smallest … Continue reading

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