Mission Complete

Mission complete: Rosetta’s journey ends in daring descent to comet ESA’s historic Rosetta mission has concluded as planned, with the controlled impact onto the comet it had been investigating for more than two years. Read the press...

Spacecraft Operations Manager Sylvain Lodiot (standing, near middle of image) oversees the final hours of Rosetta operations in the Main Control Room at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, 30 September 2016. Image: ESA/R. Palmari
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Loss of signal confirmation

Spacecraft Operations Manager Sylvain Lodiot confirms loss of signal (LOS) and end of Rosetta operations at 13:19 CEST, 30 September 2016, via the voice loop in the Main Control Room at ESA's space operations centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

Comet landing: Rosetta’s last image

UPDATED CAPTION INFO This is Rosetta's last image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken shortly before impact, an estimated 20 m above the surface. The initially reported 51 m was based on the predicted impact time. Now that this has...

Rosetta's radio signal starts to fade... Credit: ESA

Last call from Rosetta

Going... going... gone! A sequence of screenshots showing the signal from Rosetta seen at ESA's ESOC mission control centre via NASA's 70m tracking station at Madrid during comet landing on 30 September 2016. The peak of the...

Comet landing descent image – 1.2 km

Rosetta’s descent continues. Here's an OSIRIS narrow-angle camera Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured at 10:14 GMT from an altitude of about 1.2 km on 30 September. The image scale is about 2.3 cm/pixel and the image measures about 33...

Rosetta’s landing site

Here's a sequence of images captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera during its descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September. The last images in the first and second row (on the right) are published...

Comet landing descent image – 5.7 km

Another striking image of the Ma'at region of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Rosetta's descent onto the surface of the comet, taken with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera at 08:21 GMT from an altitude of about 5.7 km. The image...

ROSINA confirms pressure increase

As Rosetta approaches the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Comet Pressure Sensor (COPS) on the ROSINA instrument is measuring the gas pressure around the nucleus increasing!

Visualisation screens in the Flight Dynamics control room at ESOC. Credit: ESA

Flight dynamics team at ESOC

Throughout the entire Rosetta mission, the Flight Dynamics team at ESOC have been some of the hardest-working, behind-the-scenes wizards ensuring navigation – and today is no exception. They also have some of the coolest visualization tools in...

Comet landing descent image – 5.8 km

As Rosetta continues its descent onto the Ma'at region on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image at 08:18 GMT from an altitude of about 5.8 km. The image shows dust-covered terrains,...

Comet landing descent image – 8.9 km

As Rosetta gets closer and closer to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this beautifully detailed image of the comet surface at 06:53 GMT from an altitude of about 8.9 km. The image shows a portion of...

Comet landing descent image – 11.7 km

During Rosetta's final descent, which is currently undergoing, the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 05:25 GMT from an altitude of about 11.7 km. With dramatic shadows, the image shows the comet's 'neck'...

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Live from Rosetta mission control

Live Twitter Periscope visit to the Rosetta mission control team on console in the Main Control Room at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, for today's #CometLanding. Hosted by Daniel Scuka, from the ESA web team. LIVE on #Periscope: Live...

CometWatch finale: Rosetta’s last NavCam images

Rosetta's Navigation Camera captured five images shortly after the collision manoeuvre last night, which were used by flight dynamics teams to confirm the spacecraft is on track to impact its target in the Ma'at region of Comet 67P/C-G. The...

Impact site is coming in to view!

We just received this image from the OSIRIS wide-angle camera, taken at 02:17 UT at the comet. It shows the target impact region just coming in to view in the lower left –look for the distinctive shape of...

Rosetta’s last NAVCAM image

Rosetta's Navigation Camera captured five images shortly after the collision manoeuvre last night, which are being analysed by flight dynamics to confirm the spacecraft is on track to impact its target in the Ma'at region of Comet...