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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 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...

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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....

Join our Perihelion Hangout!

Update from 14 August: you can watch a replay of the hangout here. — Join us for a Google hangout with Rosetta mission experts to celebrate perihelion – the closest point to the Sun along the comet’s orbit....

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...

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...

Lander update – 6 July

Is there any news from @Philae2014 on Comet #67P? Video update from the LCC: (FW) #Philae #Rosetta pic.twitter.com/7tENTWrAd1 — DLR – English (@DLR_en) July 6, 2015

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,...

Checking with the experts back home Credit: ESA

Rosetta and Philae in contact again

ESA and its Rosetta mission partners have confirmed that another communication link has been made between Rosetta and Philae today. The signal was transmitted from Rosetta to ESA’s space operations centre in Darmstadt and received at 15:37...

Rosetta Mission at the Paris Air and Space Show

ESA is at the International Paris Air and Space Show, Le Bourget, this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday 17 June, a press briefing will be dedicated to the Rosetta Mission. Members of the Rosetta and Philae teams will provide an update on the...

Philae wake-up triggers intense planning

The receipt of signals from Rosetta’s Philae lander on 13 June after 211 days of hibernation marked the start of intense activity. In coordination with its mission partners, ESA teams are working to juggle Rosetta’s flight plan...

Rosetta’s lander Philae wakes up from hibernation

Rosetta’s lander Philae is out of hibernation! The signals were received at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt at 22:28 CEST on 13 June. More than 300 data packets have been analysed by the teams at...

The quest to find Philae

Rosetta and Philae teams continue to search for the current location of the lander, piecing together clues from its unexpected flight over the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its initial landing on 12 November. While Rosetta continues...