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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...

Spacecraft Operations Engineer Armelle Hubault, Rosetta Flight Control Tea, ESA/ESOC. Credit: ESA

Real life trumps animation

An ‘insider tale’ from the Flight Control team, who are already reminiscing about their favourite moments from Rosetta’s epic journey.

Rosetta’s final orbits – animation

This new animation visualises Rosetta's last two months of trajectories around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The animation begins in early August, when the spacecraft started flying elliptical orbits that brought it progressively closer to the comet at its closest approach. On...

CometWatch 10 April

After a far excursion to explore the tail of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta is now back to closer distances from the comet nucleus. This week's CometWatch image was obtained with Rosetta's NAVCAM at 01:39 UTC on 10 April...

Celebrating a year at the comet

This article is mirrored from the main ESA Web Portal ESA’s Rosetta mission today celebrates one year at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with its closest approach to the Sun now just one week away. It’s been a long but...

Rosetta status report: close flyby navigation issues

During its most recent close flyby last Saturday, where Rosetta flew within 14 km of the surface of the comet, the spacecraft experienced significant difficulties in navigation. This resulted in its high gain antenna starting to drift...

What’s up with Rosetta

Contrary to the pre-landing phase, where the trajectories flown were designed with the lander delivery always in mind, we have now entered the science phase of the mission.

How Steins’ craters got gemstone names

Guest post by Sebastien Besse, Research Fellow at ESTEC On 5 September 2008, ESA’s Rosetta comet chaser completed its first encounter with a main belt asteroid when it flew past Steins, which revealed itself as a diamond-shaped...

On this day in 2004… Rosetta’s asteroids were chosen

On 11 March 2004, a little over a week after Rosetta launched, asteroids Steins and Lutetia were selected as two targets for Rosetta to fly by en route to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta's scientific goals always included the...