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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...

Rosetta in numbers

Some impressive numbers from Rosetta's mission. Click for full res!   Summary Rosetta's mission lasted 12 years 6 months and 28 days, from launch on 2 March 2004 to mission end on 30 September 2016. During that time,...

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...

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 and Philae: Searching for a good signal

After seven months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta’s lander Philae communicated with Earth via the orbiter on 13 June. Since then, seven periods of connection have been confirmed between the orbiter and lander,...

New trajectories for Rosetta

Rosetta continues to recover well from the problems experienced during the close flyby over the weekend of 28 March that resulted in the spacecraft entering safe mode. Some of the science instruments are now switched back on...

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...

Rosetta Science Working Team meeting report

US Rosetta Project Scientist Claudia Alexander and ESA's Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor report on the discussions held at the recent Rosetta Science Working Team meeting. The Rosetta Science Working Team (SWT) met for the 40th time earlier this...

Rosetta in 2015

On 4 February, Rosetta will start to move some 140 km from the comet, before swooping down to just 6 km from the surface on 14 February.

Status update – 11 November

It was a busy night for the Rosetta and Philae operations team, reported Rosetta flight director Andrea Accomazzo during this morning’s press briefing at ESA's spacecraft operations centre (ESOC), who delivered the news that the lander Philae...

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...

Go for 10 km!

With the last week spent at about 20 km from 67P/C-G, the decision has now been made to go to just 10 km. A series of manoeuvres will reduce Rosetta’s distance from its current 18.6 km orbit...

Rosetta and comet 67P/C-G to scale, assuming Rosetta is orbiting at a distance of 10 km, and the comet is about 4 km wide. Credits: ESA.

The third ‘fat’ burn

  We’re heading for the final 10,000 km between Rosetta and comet 67P/C-G today, with four of ten rendezvous burns left to complete before arriving on 6 August. Tomorrow’s burn is the third of four so-called ‘Far...