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Rosetta’s complete journey – animation

Now in one complete animation: Rosetta’s trajectory around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, from arrival to mission end. The animation begins on 31 July 2014, during Rosetta’s final approach to the comet after its ten-year journey through space. The spacecraft...

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...

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...

Rosetta’s Earth ‘twin’ switched off

Just as the real Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission on the comet a week ago today, so this week Rosetta’s ‘twin’, an engineering qualification model here on Earth, was also switched off. The replica Rosetta had been...

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...

Alice’s last spectra

We were happy to spot this tweet from Rosetta’s Alice instrument Principal Investigator Alan Stern over the weekend, showing the final spectrograph image obtained by the instrument moments before Rosetta impacted on to the surface of the comet on Friday: Heading...

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...

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!

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’...

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...

Impact time update: 10:38 UT

Based on the Navigation Camera images taken shortly after last night’s collision manoeuvre, flight dynamics analysis has refined the predicted time of Rosetta’s impact into the Ma’at region on the small lobe of Comet 67P/C-G to 10:38:32 UT+/- 2 minutes at the...

Descent images begin!

We’ve started to get images from Rosetta’s descent. This one was taken by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera at 01:20 UT, from a distance of around 16 km. The image scale is about 30 cm/pixel and the image...