Rosetta’s story67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In 2011 July, Rosetta was coerced into deep-space hibernation for the most distant and coldest segment of its journey as it travelled approximately 800M kms from the Sun, very close to Jupiter’s orbit. This spacecraft was oriented in such a manner that its solar-wings directly faced the Sun to enable it to receive as much sunlight as possible.
The Crucial Moment
Now, the time of reckoning has come and the comet as well as the spacecraft is both on their return journey to the inner segment of the Solar System and Rosetta is all set to wake up from its decade-long slumber. Once Rosetta wakes up, it will be approximately 9M kms from the comet. Even as it gravitates towards the comet, the instruments on its orbiter and lander will be turned on and Rosetta will help us in understanding a little more about the roles that comets play in the evolution of the Solar System. So, 2014 is set to be the year in which Rosetta will line up for its comet rendezvous.