Tag Archives: comet

Impressions of Rosetta’s legacy: an e-book

In September–October 2016, over 200 people contributed to the Rosetta Legacy campaign, sharing stories, images, videos, creations and experiences to convey what the mission had meant to them. We decided to collect all contributions in an e-book,...

OSIRIS Data Release: March–May 2015

A new batch of thousands of images from Rosetta’s OSIRIS imaging system have been released into ESA’s Archive Image Browser and the Planetary Science Archive. This latest OSIRIS data release comprises 2423 narrow-angle camera images and 4378...

Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet

On 30 September 2016, at 11:19:37 UT in ESA’s mission control, Rosetta’s signal flat-lined, confirming that the spacecraft had completed its incredible mission on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 40 minutes earlier and 720 million km...

Icy surprises at Rosetta’s comet

This article is mirrored from the main ESA Web Portal. Rosetta’s comet approached its most active period last year, the spacecraft spotted carbon dioxide ice – never before seen on a comet – followed by the emergence...

Space Science Image of the Week: NAVCAM close-ups

A trio of the closest NAVCAM images of Comet 67P-Churyumov Gerasimenko is featured as our ESA Space Science Image of the Week. During the last few weeks of its mission at Comet 67P/C–G, the Rosetta spacecraft ventured closer...

An encounter with Klim Churyumov

Two years ago this week, the entire world was getting ready for a historic endeavour in space: the first soft landing of a human-made probe on a comet. On 12 November 2014, Rosetta’s lander Philae landed on...

CometWatch from Kepler

During the last month of Rosetta’s operations at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it was no longer possible to observe the comet with telescopes on Earth because it was not far from the Sun’s position in the sky and therefore...

Rosetta impact site named Sais

In case you missed it during our live coverage on Friday, Rosetta’s impact site has been named Sais. Mission Manager Patrick Martin announced the name of the impact site after contact with the comet’s surface was confirmed and...

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 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...

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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Rosetta Legacy Highlights

Over the past two years, the Rosetta mission has captured the imagination of many people worldwide, stimulating them to produce art and music, and to undertake other creative activities with friends and families – some even made...

The cometary zoo

The ROSINA instrument on Rosetta has been “sniffing” the environment of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the past couple of years, obtaining unprecedented measurements of the gases found in a comet’s atmosphere. Besides the main component – water vapour...