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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.

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...

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...

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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...

Rosetta's 2014 selfie from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of 67P/C-G. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Beginning of the end

Today's blog post features detailed information on the intense, behind-the-scenes activities during Rosetta's final weeks.

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...

Rosetta safe mode 5 km from comet

Over the weekend, Rosetta experienced a ‘safe mode’ event 5 km from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Contact with the spacecraft has since been recovered and the mission teams are working to resume normal operations. “We lost...

Reminiscing about the week of comet landing

This time last year saw the end of an extraordinary week at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Hundreds of journalists and reporters had gathered to witness an historic endeavour as on 12 November 2014...

Reddit AMA 20 Nov 19:00CET start

Engineers from Rosetta mission control at ESOC, Germany, the Rosetta Science Operations Centre at ESAC, Spain, and the Lander Control Centre, Cologne, will take part in a reddit AMA (Ask me Anything!) on Thursday, 20 November 19:00CET...

Rosetta flight control team in the main control room at ESOC on 13 November. Credit: ESA

Rosetta operations update

A short update from the Rosetta mission team at ESOC, still working today in the Main Control Room. We spoke a few minutes ago with Ignacio Tanco, deputy spacecraft operations manager, who reports that the spacecraft is...

Media briefing at ESOC 10 Nov Credit: BBC/J. Amos

Highlights – media briefing 10 November

We’ve just finished the first media briefing in the Press Centre at ESOC. We just finished today’s 15:00CET media briefing in the Press Centre at ESOC. The briefing was given by Flight Director Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta Spacecraft...

Green light for landing site J!

ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November.   The decision that the mission is ‘Go’ for...

ESOC serves as the Operations Control Centre for ESA missions, and hosts our Main Control Room. Credit: ESA/J. Mai

Call for media: Rosetta’s comet rendezvous

From today’s ESA press release announcing the media event for Rosetta’s arrival at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August. The event will also be streamed live; details below: The media are invited to join ESA’s science and mission...

The long wait is over

Rosetta is back! Acquisition of signal was confirmed by Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Manager Andrea Accomazzo to the delight of the audience at ESOC and cheers and applause from those involved in the mission worldwide. Former mission manager...