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Rosetta captures comet outburst

This article is mirrored from the ESA Portal.  In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide. Nine of Rosetta’s instruments, including its cameras, dust...

Enhanced NAVCAM image taken from a distance of 10.6 km to the centre of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 8 August 2016. The image scale is 0.9 m/pixel and the image measures about 930 m across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0.

CometWatch – early August round-up

Today’s CometWatch entry features a new image from Rosetta’s NAVCAM (below) along with a round-up of images released from the OSIRIS narrow- and wide-angle cameras in the last week. The NAVCAM image, taken from a distance of...

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Geraimsenko on 6 August 2016, taken by Rosetta's NAVCAM from a distance of 8.5 km. captured on 6 August 2016 from 8.5 km. The scale is 0.7 m/pixel and the image measures about 700 m across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 6 August – Two years on

Two incredible years have passed since ESA’s comet-chaser Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. During that time Rosetta has mapped the comet’s curious shape and given us awe-inspiring views from near and far, spotting...

Enhanced NAVCAM view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken from a distance of 9.7 km on 24 July 2016. The image scale is 0.8 m/pixel and the image measures 0.9 km across. The faint vertical striping effect, especially visible in the upper right part of this view, is an image artifact. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

CometWatch 24 July

This stunning view along the boundary between Hatmehit and Wosret was captured by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 24 July from a distance of 9.7 km to the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.   The field of view includes the...

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New Vangelis album inspired by ESA’s Rosetta mission

Legendary composer and pioneer of electronic music Vangelis has produced a brand new album, ‘Rosetta’, inspired by ESA’s Rosetta mission. The release of the album by Decca Records on 23 September coincides with the culmination of Rosetta’s...

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How comets are born

This story is mirrored from the ESA Web Portal. Detailed analysis of data collected by Rosetta show that comets are the ancient leftovers of early Solar System formation, and not younger fragments resulting from subsequent collisions between...

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Farewell, silent Philae

Tomorrow, 27 July 2016 at 09:00 UTC / 11:00 CEST, the Electrical Support System Processor Unit (ESS) on Rosetta will be switched off. The ESS is the interface used for communications between Rosetta and the lander, Philae,...

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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...

Rosetta approaching comet 67P/C-G from afar.

Rosetta finale set for 30 September

This article is mirrored from the ESA Web Portal.  Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September. The mission is coming to an end as...

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...