This program is a compelling documentary that details the complexities and challenges of the ten-year, four-million-mile journey of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Spacecraft Rosetta as it chased down and landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a history-making feat. The idea behind Rosetta's mission was breathtaking as was the daunting list of challenges that faced the ESA team in its planning and execution.
To Catch a Comet
To Catch a Comet DOCUMENTS EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY'S ROSETTA MISSION TO LAND ON COMET 67P
Available on DVD from PBS Distribution January 13
Arlington, Va. - November 21, 2014 - PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing To Catch a Comet on DVD January 13. This program is a compelling documentary that details the complexities and challenges of the ten-year, four-million-mile journey of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Spacecraft Rosetta as it chased down and landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a history-making feat.
To Catch a Comet will be available on DVD January 13, 2015. The run time of the DVD is approximately 60 minutes and its SRP is $24.99. The program will also be available for digital download.
The documentary -- which features exclusive, in-depth access to the ESA team at work over the entire year leading up to and including the successful landing -- premiered with up-to-the-minute details and unprecedented footage from the Philae Lander on the comet itself.
The idea behind Rosetta's mission was breathtaking as was the daunting list of challenges that faced the ESA team in its planning and execution. To Catch a Comet follows the international team of scientists and engineers who guide Rosetta through the last year of its ten-year trajectory across the universe: around the Earth, around Mars, and twice through the asteroid belt to reach its destination. In the nail-biting months before the landing, the team awakens Rosetta from three years of power-saving hibernation, manually navigates the craft through unexplored areas of the solar system, catches up to Comet 67P in a delicate cat-and-mouse orbiting dance, and releases a washing-machine-sized lander (named Philae) onto the comet's surface.
Produced by Darlow Smithson Productions Limited in association with PBS, the To Catch a Comet film crew was at ESA mission control during crucial milestone moments in the past year, capturing scientific demonstrations and experiments that illustrate the challenges Rosetta and Philae faced. The film gives a complete backstory of the ten-year Rosetta mission, from inception, to intergalactic near-misses, to its eventual touchdown.
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To Catch a Comet
Street Date: January 13, 2015
Run Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
January 9, 2015, 7:35 pm - PR