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Communicating Astronomy with the Public: Rosetta specia...

We’re delighted to announce a special issue of the “Communicating Astronomy with the Public” journal, which provides exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into the outreach surrounding the Rosetta Mission. Including articles written by ESA’s communication team behind the competitions, cartoons, and social media campaigns, and reviews from external...

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,...

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...

Transmitting to the experts back home Credit: ESA

How we heard from Philae

I picked up the phone and said: 'This has to be bad news. We've got a safe mode, don't we?' He replied, 'Well, maybe not. Maybe it's good news!'

Next listening opportunities for Philae

Based on the latest report published by the German Aerospace Centre. Despite Rosetta’s new trajectory scheme, the orbiter is still able to listen out for its lander Philae, in case it has woken up from hibernation. Thus...

Where is Philae? When will it wake up?

These are the two most popular questions currently being asked of the mission – especially on our social media channels – and ones that we will try to answer in this post, including inputs from the OSIRIS...

Two poems and a song for Rosetta

The successful wake-up of our comet-chaser Rosetta inspired a few of you to send us poetry and songs over the last week! Thanks to Laurie, Max and Ted for sharing your works with us. Listen here for some...

Waiting in the MCR. Credit: ESA/J. Mai

Views from ESOC MCR

A quick snap of the action this afternoon in the Main Control Room at ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany. Images credit: ESA/J. Mai


Réveille-toi Rosetta!

Brilliant! Our friends at CNES go all out to help wake up Rosetta! Au Centre d’Opération des Missions Spatiales, le 20 janvier 2014, l’équipe en charge de Rosetta se prépare activement au réveil de la sonde…


The most important alarm clock in the Solar System

At 10:00 GMT on Monday, the most important alarm clock in the Solar System will wake up ESA’s sleeping Rosetta spacecraft. Rosetta’s computer is programmed to carry out a sequence of events to re-establish contact with Earth on 20 January, starting with an ‘alarm clock’ at 10:00 GMT. Immediately after, the spacecraft’s startrackers will begin to warm up, taking around six hours. Then its thrusters will fire to stop the slow rotation. A slight adjustment will be made to Rosetta’s orientation to ensure that the solar arrays are still facing directly towards the Sun, before the startrackers are switched on to determine the spacecraft’s attitude. Full news via ESA web


Coffee? Wake up from deep space hibernation?

#WakeUpRosetta – What do you do Mondays at 10 am? At 10:00 UTC on 20 January 2014, ESA’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft will wake up from 31 months in deep-space hibernation. Save the date and join the adventure. More info at www.esa.int/rosetta.