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Comet landing descent image – 5.8 km

As Rosetta continues its descent onto the Ma'at region on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image at 08:18 GMT from an altitude of about 5.8 km. The image shows dust-covered terrains,...

How to follow Rosetta’s grand finale

Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20...

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...

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...

The ups and downs of a comet’s surface

This time last year little was known about Agilkia, the area chosen as Philae's landing site. One year on and the situation has changed, thanks to remote and in-situ measurements that have contributed to building up a...

Philae’s descent: The director’s cut

This blog post is contributed by Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor at ESA. On 30 July, the first papers covering the scientific results obtained by Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were published in Science magazine....

Philae: reflections and hopes

Lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring (IAS, Orsay, France) reflects on the events surrounding comet landing four months ago, and shares his hopes for Philae’s reactivation.   For years we dreamt of visiting a comet, to perform in...

The sound of touchdown

Sensors in the feet of Rosetta’s lander Philae have recorded the sound of touchdown as it first came into contact with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The instrument, SESAME-CASSE, was turned on during the descent and clearly registered the first...

Philae touch-down site seen by Rosetta Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Philae’s first touchdown seen by Rosetta

Philae touched down for the first time almost precisely where intended, a strong testament to the precision of the flight dynamics teams who planned Philae's journey down to comet 67P/C-G.

Tracking Philae’s descent with magnetic data

ROMAP co-principal investigator Hans-Ulrich Auster from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, explains how the instrument will be used with RPC (on the Rosetta orbiter) to monitor Philae as it descends to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on...