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CometWatch 19 May

This week's CometWatch entry is an image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 19 May 2016, when the spacecraft was 7.6 km from the centre of the comet nucleus and about 5.6 km from the...

Enhanced NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 15 May 2016, 9.88 km from the nucleus. The scale is 0.84 m/pixel and the image measures 862 m across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 15 May

This week’s CometWatch entry from Rosetta’s NAVCAM was taken on 15 May 2016 when the spacecraft was 9.88 km from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This impressive close-up captures the relatively flat regions of Aker and Khepry on the comet’s...

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Artistic tributes to the Rosetta mission

Over the past two years, Rosetta has approached, reached and followed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, collecting unprecedented images and other scientific data and dropping the Philae lander on to its surface to perform in-situ measurements. While communicating the mission's...

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CometWatch 1 May

This week's CometWatch is an image taken with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 1 May 2016, when the spacecraft was 18.8 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The view shows a portion of the large comet lobe on...

OSIRIS NAC images taken from around 30 km in September 2014. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

OSIRIS data release: close orbits and lander delivery

The Rosetta Downlink and Archive group are pleased to announce the release of over 4000 OSIRIS images to the Archive Image Browser and the Planetary Science Archive. An Archive Science Review was successfully held in February resulting the need for...

Enhanced NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 24 April 2016, 28 km from the nucleus. The scale is 2.4 m/pixel and the image measures 2.4 km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0.

CometWatch 24 April

This week's CometWatch was taken by Rosetta's NAVCAM on 24 April 2016, 28 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It captures a beautiful ‘skyline’ taking in parts of the comet’s southern hemisphere regions. Bes and Geb...

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CometWatch 19 April

This week's CometWatch features an image obtained with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 19 April 2016, 29.4 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At these close distances, the comet nucleus overfills the field of view of the camera. In...

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Space science image of the week: Around Anuket

A recent NAVCAM image of Comet 67P-Churyumov Gerasimenko is featured as our ESA Space Science Image of the Week. Vaguely suggestive of a face immersed in deep thoughts, the image shows the rough landscape of Anuket, a...

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CometWatch 10 April

After a far excursion to explore the tail of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta is now back to closer distances from the comet nucleus. This week's CometWatch image was obtained with Rosetta's NAVCAM at 01:39 UTC on 10 April...

Rosetta NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 4 April 2016 from a distance of 338 km. The image scale is 28.8 m/pixel and the image measures 29.5 km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 4 April

This week Rosetta has been moving back towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko again following its far excursion in the anti-sunward direction to study the wider coma, tail and plasma environment. The spacecraft reached ~1000 km on 30 March and...

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The colour-changing comet

This story is mirrored from the ESA web portal, esa.int.  Rosetta’s comet has been seen changing colour and brightness in front of the ESA orbiter’s eyes, as the Sun’s heat strips away the older surface to reveal...

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CometWatch 27 March

Last week, Rosetta embarked on an excursion around 1000 km in the anti-sunward direction to study the wider coma, tail and plasma environment of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This week's CometWatch is an image taken on the outward leg...

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Communicating Astronomy with the Public: Rosetta specia...

We're delighted to announce a special issue of the "Communicating Astronomy with the Public" journal, which provides exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into the outreach surrounding the Rosetta Mission. Including articles written by ESA's communication team behind the competitions, cartoons, and social media campaigns, and reviews from external...

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CometWatch 19 March

This week’s CometWatch entry from Rosetta’s NAVCAM was taken on 19 March from a distance of just 12 km. It captures a beautiful oblique view across the plains of Imhotep, taking in the cluster of boulders to...

R-band mosaic of Comet 67P/C-G on 12 March 2016, taken with the 2.5m Isaac Newton Telescope on La Palma. The brightest part of the comet was imaged for 30 minutes, while the most distant parts of the dust trail required 1 hour of exposure. Credit: Isaac Newton Group/John Davies/Alan Fitzsimmons/Colin Snodgrass.

Comet’s dust trail stretches over 10 million km

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Geraimenko’s dust trail has been observed to stretch at least 10 million kilometres in the latest images taken by professional astronomers working on the ground-based observing campaign. The image mosaic shown here is composed of four...

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CometWatch 15 March

This week's CometWatch is an image taken by Rosetta's NAVCAM on 15 March, when the spacecraft was about 13 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image shows a portion of the small comet lobe, centred...