Rosetta you made it ! You wrote space history [...] and now you deserve a rest together with Philae on the comet 67P Tschurjumov-Gerassimenko. Sleep well and orbit forever around the sun.
Gunther Lautenschläger, Rosetta's Project Manager
The 1st spacecraftto deliver a lander on a comet
11 on-board instrumentsto carry out data
A 12-yearsrecord-breaking journey
More than 50 hoursof data collection operated by Philae
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Rosetta through news
September 30th, 2016 - The Grand Finale One of the most spectacular space missions has finally come to an end. It took ten years and a journey of more than six billion kilometres to reach comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta has today made a controlled descent onto the comet’s surface, bringing its mission to a close.
July 26th, 2016 - The last triumph with comet landing Rosetta, built by Airbus Defence and Space-led industrial team, was launched in 2004. Ten years later and after a journey of six billion kilometres, it reached comet 67P. The European Space Agency (ESA) has extended its Rosetta mission by nine months to 30 September 2016, when it perform a controlled descent down to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
August 13th, 2015 - Rosetta and comet 67P reached perihelion Launched in March 2004 Rosetta’s mission objective is to study the comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it travels through our solar system. Now, the comet is at the closest distance to the sun in its journey around our solar system and Rosetta is there to study what happens to an icy body when it is exposed to high heat levels.
November 13th, 2014 - Philae is on the comet Rosetta’s Philae lander touched down on the comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko travelling at 135,000 km per hour Today at 17:03 PM (CET), the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt reported a successful landing, announcing: “Philae has landed!”. Some seven hours before, the Philae lander had detached from the Rosetta spacecraft
September 7th, 2014 - The first picture of the destination From a mere 432 million km away, Airbus DS’s comet-chasing satellite sends back a ‘selfie’ with its destination comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in the background. The image was taken by its Philae lander whose chosen landing site was yesterday announced by ESA.
August 6th, 2014 - Rosetta comet chaser reaches its destination At 11.30 CET, the ESA satellite control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, received news via radio signal that Rosetta had begun its approach. The Rosetta comet chaser developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) has arrived at its destination after flying for more than 10 years and travelling more than six billion kilometres.
January 20th, 2014 - Wake up Rosetta the global space community will turn its gaze to Darmstadt (Germany) in anticipation of signals from Rosetta, the comet probe developed and built by Space Systems of Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA). Four alarms will be ringing on board the hibernating probe built by Space Systems. The space community will be listening out for signals from deep space on 20 January. ESA comet mission enters its critical phase.