Tag Archives: lander

The story behind finding Philae

On 5 September 2016 one of the most frequently asked questions among Rosetta mission fans – “Where is Philae?” – was finally answered: the definitive image had been taken just a few days earlier that proved without...

Philae found!

Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The images were taken on 2 September by the OSIRIS narrow-angle...

New Vangelis album inspired by ESA’s Rosetta mission

Legendary composer and pioneer of electronic music Vangelis has produced a brand new album, ‘Rosetta’, inspired by ESA’s Rosetta mission. The release of the album by Decca Records on 23 September coincides with the culmination of Rosetta’s...

Farewell, silent Philae

Tomorrow, 27 July 2016 at 09:00 UTC / 11:00 CEST, the Electrical Support System Processor Unit (ESS) on Rosetta will be switched off. The ESS is the interface used for communications between Rosetta and the lander, Philae,...

OSIRIS data release: close orbits and lander delivery

The Rosetta Downlink and Archive group are pleased to announce the release of over 4000 OSIRIS images to the Archive Image Browser and the Planetary Science Archive. An Archive Science Review was successfully held in February resulting the need for...

Rosetta’s lander faces eternal hibernation

This article is mirrored from the main ESA web portal.  Silent since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago, the Philae lander is facing conditions on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from which it is unlikely to recover. Rosetta,...

Philae status report: “Time is running out”

This text is based on the report published today by the German Aerospace Center, DLR. Rosetta’s lander Philae has remained silent since 9 July 2015. With every passing day, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is getting further and further away...

Philae status update

Short video update from the Lander Control Center at DLR: #Videoupdate: the quest to re-establish contact with @Philae2014 continues… #lifeonacomet pic.twitter.com/0fp7Jrl8g2 — DLR – English (@DLR_en) December 9, 2015

Reconstructing Philae’s flight across the comet

Data from both the Philae lander and Rosetta orbiter experiments, as well as simulation results based on Philae’s mechanical design have been used to reconstruct the lander’s attitude and motion during its descent and touchdowns on Comet...

The sound of Philae conducting science

Philae’s SESAME-CASSE ‘listened’ to the lander’s MUPUS instrument hammer the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November. Martin Knapmeyer from the German Aerospace Centre, DLR, tells us more.   SESAME-CASSE is the Cometary Acoustic Surface Sounding Experiment located...

Rosetta and Philae: one year since landing on a comet

One year since Philae made its historic landing on a comet, mission teams remain hopeful for renewed contact with the lander, while also looking ahead to next year’s grand finale: making a controlled impact of the Rosetta...

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...

Science on the surface of a comet

Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of...

Rosetta and Philae status update

Over the last few weeks, Rosetta has been flying along the terminator plane of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, at distances from 180 km down to 153 km and at latitudes between 0 and 54 degrees, in order to find...