Images taken from just 8 km from the surface of Comet 67P/C-G are included in the latest NAVCAM release. This image was captured on 19 October 2014 and looks across the neck from the comet’s small lobe in the foreground to the large lobe in the background. Parts of the Anuket and Serqet regions are visible in the foreground and a portion of Hapi is present at centre-left, with the dramatic cliff edge in Seth in the background. The average image scale (taking into account the variation in distance from the comet to Rosetta between the foreground and background) is approximately 77 cm/pixel, yielding an average frame width of 785m. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0.

NAVCAM image bonanza: close orbits and comet landing

Today perhaps the most anticipated set of NAVCAM images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have been released by the Rosetta Downlink & Archive Team via the Archive Image Browser and ESA’s Planetary Sciences Archive. The 1776 images cover the...

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CometWatch closeup: Looming over Aten

With today's CometWatch we take another trip back in time, to 27 October 2014 when Rosetta was in a bound orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At the time this single frame NAVCAM image was taken, the spacecraft was...

This processed version of the 12 May 2015 image reveals the comet's small lobe in silhouette, along with details of the comet activity. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 12 May

Today’s CometWatch entry shows a curious view of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that on first impression (see original image right) gives the illusion that the comet's head is missing. The image was taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 12 May from a...

Image of the boulders taken by OSIRIS on 16 September 2014 from a distance of 29 km. The image scale at this distance is 54 cm/pixel and the image measures about 316 m across. Boulder 3 measures approximately 30 m across.
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OSIRIS spots boulders in balancing act

Scientists from Rosetta’s OSIRIS team have discovered an unusual formation of boulders in the Aker region on the large lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At first glance they are reminiscent of so-called "balancing rocks" on Earth. Of the...

Single frame, processed NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 23 October from a distance of 9.8 km to the comet centre. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch closeup: Hathor, from Seth

Today’s CometWatch post delves back in time to October last year, when Rosetta was orbiting the comet at a distance of just 10 km. This single frame NAVCAM image was captured on 23 October, when the distance...

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CometWatch 3 May

This image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by Rosetta's NAVCAM on 3 May at a distance of 135 km from the comet centre. It is a single frame image, with a resolution of 11.5 m/pixel, and measures...

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CometWatch 28 April

Today’s CometWatch entry is a single frame NAVCAM image obtained on 28 April, from a distance of 151 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At this distance, the resolution is 13 m/pixel; the image has been...

Patrick stands beside a 1:4 scale model of Rosetta and Philae at ESAC, Spain. 
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Mission manager hand-over

After nearly two years as Rosetta mission manager, Fred Jansen has handed the ropes over to colleague Patrick Martin. Here Fred recounts the highlights of his term, and introduces the new mission manager. Fred, we know from...

Comet 67P/C-G on 26 April 2015 from a distance of 98 km. The image has been processed to bring out the details of the comet's activity. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 26 April

This image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 26 April and not only presents an incredible view of the comet’s activity, but also shows off some interesting new views of the comet’s nucleus.   The image was...

Comet close-ups from the 30 km mapping period are now available in the NAVCAM Archive Image Browser. Click to enter! Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Major release of NAVCAM images: 800 to 30 km

Today marks a major release from the Rosetta downlink and archive groups of detailed images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta’s Navigation Camera, or NAVCAM. The 1297 images, which can be accessed via the Archive Image Browser,...

Comet 67P/C-G on 20 April 2015 from a distance of 128 km. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 20 April

This view of Comet 67P/C-G was taken on 20 April from a distance of 128 km from the comet centre. The resolution is 11 m/pixel and the image measures 11 km across. The image has been processed...

Comet 67P/C-G on 18 April 2015 from a distance of 101 km. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 18 April

This view of Comet 67P/C-G was taken on 18 April from a distance of 101 km from the comet centre. The resolution is 9 m/pixel and the image measures 9 km across. The image has been processed to bring out...

Comet 67P/C-G on 15 April 2015 at 11:55 UT. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

“Crescent comet” – CometWatch 15 and 16 April

Just when we think we have seen Comet 67P/C-G from all possible angles under the current illumination conditions, a striking view like this presents itself. The image was captured on 15 April 2015 by Rosetta’s Navigation camera...

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CometWatch 15 April – 4 hours later

Today's CometWatch entry is another single frame NAVCAM image taken on 15 April, almost four hours after the one that was published last Friday. The new picture was obtained at about 165 km from the centre of...

The scene at 07:15 CEST on 12 March. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

OSIRIS catches activity in the act

Rosetta’s scientific imaging system OSIRIS has witnessed a new jet of dust emerging from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was presented during the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, EGU, in Vienna last week. Sometimes it...

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CometWatch 15 April

Today's CometWatch entry is a single frame NAVCAM image obtained on 15 April, from a distance of 170 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At this distance, the resolution is 14.5 m/pixel; the image has been...