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Science with the lander – what to expect when Philae me...

When Rosetta’s Philae lander touches down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in two months time, a new chapter will begin for the mission. At the European Planetary Science Congress this week, participants heard from the lander team about the...

GIADA tracks the dust

Following the trail of a minuscule dust particle through the depths of space may seem far-fetched, but that is effectively what the GIADA team have been doing recently, as they described at the European Planetary Science Congress...

ROSINA tastes the comet’s gases

Rosetta’s ROSINA instrument, the Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis, has detected its first cometary volatile molecules. The results were presented at the European Planetary Science Congress, EPSC, held in Portugal this week. The detections were...

Rosetta and Philae snap selfie at comet

Using the CIVA imaging system on board Rosetta’s lander Philae, the spacecraft have snapped a ‘selfie’ at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. CIVA, the Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser, is one of ten instruments onboard Philae. The CIVA-P part of...

VIRTIS maps comet ‘hot spots’

The VIRTIS team have produced maps of the surface temperature of comet 67P/C-G showing how the temperature varies across regions and with local time. Some examples of these were shown today during the Rosetta special session at...

A preliminary map of Rosetta’s comet

Scientists working on images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have divided the comet’s surface into a number of different regions based on their morphology, revealing a unique, multifaceted world. The map and new high-resolution images from the OSIRIS instrument...

COSIMA catches cosmic dust

While many of us spend time trying to eliminate dust, Rosetta’s COSIMA team have a different attitude – they are actively attempting to catch it.  Today we heard that they succeeded and have the picture to prove...

One month after comet rendezvous – Rosetta at EPSC

More than 800 scientists are gathering this week in Cascais, Portugal, for the  2014 European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). One of the highlights of this year's meeting is a special session dedicated to Rosetta, taking place today....