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Anniversary of the Giotto, Comet Halley Flyby in 1986



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Twentieth anniversary of the GiottoComet Grigg-Skjellerup flyby in 1992.



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Anniversary of the Giotto, Comet Halley Flyby in 1986



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The 10th July is the anniversary of the, GiottoComet Grigg-Skjellerup flyby in 1992.



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Giotto spacecraft launched 1985

Giotto was a European robotic spacecraft mission from the European Space Agency, intended to fly by and study Halley's Comet. On 13 March 1986, the mission succeeded in approaching Halley's nucleus at a distance of 596 kilometres.
The mission was given the go-ahead by ESA in 1980, and launched on an Ariane 1 rocket (flight V14) on 2 July 1985 from Kourou.

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GIOTTO, ESA remembers the night of the comet



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ESA remembers the night of the comet

Twenty-five years ago, ESA made its mark in deep space. A small spacecraft swept to within 600 km of Halley's comet. The Giotto probe was nearly destroyed by the encounter but what it saw changed our picture of comets forever.
As debuts go, it doesn't get any better than Giotto. The spacecraft was ESA's first deep-space mission. Built to a design that drew on the Geos Earth-orbiting research satellites, it was fitted with shielding to protect it from the 'sand-blasting' it was going to receive as it sped through the comet's tail.

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Today is the anniversary of the Giotto spacecraft, Comet Grigg-Skjellerup flyby. (1992)

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Today is the anniversary of the launch (1985) of ESA's Giotto/Comet Halley mission.

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Giotto was a European robotic spacecraft mission from the European Space Agency, intended to fly by and study Halley's Comet. On 13 March 1986, the mission succeeded in approaching Halley's nucleus at a distance of 596 kilometres. The spacecraft was named after the medieval Italian painter Giotto di Bondone. He had observed Halley's Comet in 1301 and was inspired to depict it as the star of Bethlehem in his painting Adoration of the Magi.

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