The "Rosetta" Gallery
Artwork by Erik VIktor
Roland Approach 2
2011 - Mission to a Comet
digital illustration by Erik Viktor shows the slow and careful approach
of the Roland cometary lander. Afar, the dark uninviting shape of the Wirtanen
comet displays its irregular and unstable geological features. The sun, this
normally powerful beacon, has become a star among others barely brighter than
During its approach of a possibly tumbling comet the lander will have to find a trajectory that will compensate for an irregular and moving landscape not unlike the approach and landing of a jet fighter on an aircraft carrier in a hurricane.... except that in this case the ship would be tumbling head over toe!
Imagine this world so different from Earth.
© Erik Viktor/Spaceworld 2000
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