- Mar 20, 2008
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The Moon speeds up by approximately 0.004 mm/s per orbit due to tidal effects. The tidal torque of Rosetta on the Earth would be much less than the Moon and so would have much less effect. The article is talking about velocity changes in the order of 1-2 mm/s.is it possible that the orientation of the craft could be the cause? if the heavy side is pointing towards earth then it would get pulled on a little more by gravity than if the heavy side was facing away from earth. even if the object itself was in the same position.