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CometWatch 18 July

This week's CometWatch entry is an image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Rosetta's NAVCAM, taken on 16 July 2016 when the spacecraft was 9.5 km from the centre of the comet nucleus. The view shows a portion of...

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Final destination: Ma’at region

The decision has been made for the location of Rosetta’s controlled impact on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016, ending the mission. The spacecraft will target Ma’at, a region hosting some active pits on the small comet...

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CometWatch 9 July

This week's CometWatch image was taken with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 9 July 2016, when the spacecraft was 11.7 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This close-up view shows a portion of the Khonsu region on the...

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CometWatch 30 June

Today's CometWatch entry, also featured as ESA Space Science Image of the Week, is an image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken with Rosetta's navigation camera (NAVCAM) on 30 June 2016, from a distance of 25.8 km. Depicted in...

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CometWatch 25 June

This week's CometWatch image was taken with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 25 June 2016, when the spacecraft was 16.7 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image shows a portion of the large comet lobe, with the...

Example of images from the OSIRIS wide-angle camera albums in the latest data release. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

OSIRIS data release – including “shadow” flyby

Remember the stunning image Rosetta snapped of its own shadow last year? This was just one of twelve images taken by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera during the 6 km flyby of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 14 February 2015 that...

Enhanced single frame NAVCAM view on Comet 67P/C-G taken on 17 June 2016 from a distance of 30.8 km. The image scale is 2.6 m/pixel and the image measures 2.7 km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 17 June

This week’s CometWatch entry soaks up the sights of a number of regions on both the small (right) and large (left) lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 17 June from a...

Enhanced single-frame NAVCAM view of Comet 67P/C-G on 13 June 2016, taken from a distance of 28.5 km. The image scale is 2.4m/pixel and the image measures 2.5km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 13 June

This image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 13 June 2016 from a distance of 28.5 km to the centre of the comet. The image captures the striking contrast of terrains between several regions...

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CometWatch 2 June

This week's CometWatch entry is an image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 2 June 2016, when the spacecraft was 23.6 km from the comet centre. In this orientation, the small comet lobe is in...

Enhanced NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 30 May 2016, 7 km from the nucleus centre (about 6.5 km from the surface taking into account the orientation and inclination of the spacecraft with respect to the surface). The average scale is 0.55 m/pixel and the image measures about 570 m across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 30 May

Today’s CometWatch entry features a NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta on 30 May from a distance of about 6.5 km from the surface. The image captures the boundaries between Imhotep (the smooth region to...

The latest batch of images can be found in folder 'Rosetta Extension 2 MTP028'

The changing comet – call for contributions

Do you enjoy poring over images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko? Have you spotted any changes in its surface features since Rosetta first arrived at the comet in August 2014? We are keen to hear from you! Between NAVCAM...

OSIRIS narrow-angle camera image taken in the morning of 28 May 2016 (many hours before the safe mode) when Rosetta was 7.05 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The scale is 0.13 m/pixel.

Rosetta safe mode 5 km from comet

Over the weekend, Rosetta experienced a ‘safe mode’ event 5 km from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Contact with the spacecraft has since been recovered and the mission teams are working to resume normal operations. “We lost...

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Rosetta’s comet contains ingredients for life

This story is mirrored from the ESA Web Portal Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years....

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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...