Tag Archives: orbit

Visualising Rosetta’s descent

Imagine how Rosetta’s descent might look if you were an observer at Comet 67P/C-G! This new animation visualises the final stages of Rosetta’s descent to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016. The sequence is speeded up to show...

Celebrating two years at the comet

We’re celebrating Rosetta’s two year anniversary at Comet 67P/C-G (tomorrow!) with a new animation visualising the spacecraft’s incredible adventure flying alongside the comet. The animation begins on 31 July 2014, during Rosetta’s final approach to the comet after...

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...

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.

Rosetta lined up for lander delivery

Rosetta conducted an important manoeuvre this morning that shifted it onto the orbit it will maintain until 12 November, when Philae is set for dispatch to the surface of comet 67P/C-G.


What Rosetta does now

The animation below was updated just yesterday and shows a precise rendering of the orbit that Rosetta will now follow. This animation starts off with today’s thruster burn and runs through until early October. The key points...