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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 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,...


Artistic tributes to the Rosetta mission

Over the past two years, Rosetta has approached, reached and followed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, collecting unprecedented images and other scientific data and dropping the Philae lander on to its surface to perform in-situ measurements. While communicating the mission's...

OSIRIS NAC images taken from around 30 km in September 2014. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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...

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera shows the Philae lander at 10:23 GMT (onboard spacecraft time) on 12 November, almost two hours after separation.

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,...


Season’s greetings!

Season's greetings from the Rosetta blog team... and from our cartoon friends at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 🙂 And finally... just a reminder that the blog is now taking a short break – we'll be back on 4 January 2016. Best wishes to all!


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


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...

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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...

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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...

The Agilkia area on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The circle indicates where Philae touched down for the first time on 12 November 2014. The dashed line marks the comet’s equator. The large depression is the Hatmehit region. This image is a composite of five frames from the OSIRIS Narrow Angle Camera.

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...


The story behind the Rosetta ‘claymation’

Earlier this month, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, UK, released a wonderful educational video about the Rosetta Mission using ‘claymation’ – animated clay figures. It was a big hit with the Rosetta team and so we caught up...


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....