Rosetta

A European space probe explores 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and illuminates our knowledge of comets and the origins of the solar system.

For a decade, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has flown through the vastness of space. Now it is ever closer getting to its target: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a comet full of surprises. Its nucleus, for example, is similar to a rubber duckie. Scientists are therefore eagerly waiting for August 6, when Rosetta will enter into orbit around the celestial body. And in November Philae will land on its surface.

“Actually, we would like to carry on!”

An interview with Holger Sierks from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research on the end of the Rosetta mission more

A comet turns into the Rosetta stone

The European space probe’s successful mission ended on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko more

Rosetta’s Comet: News from the surface

The measurements made by the Philae lander on Churyumov-Gerasimenko provide initial results more

Rosetta’s profile of a comet

Measurement results from ESA’s space probe provide a comprehensive picture of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko more

A comet spews dust

OSIRIS images of Rosetta’s comet show spectacular streams of dust emitted into space more

Rendezvous with a chunk of primeval rock

Although the comparison with the manned Moon landing may appear somewhat exaggerated, Rosetta is undoubtedly one of space travel’s most daring enterprises. more

Descent onto "head" of a comet

Philae, the lander of ESA’s Rosetta space probe, will descend onto landing site J on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko mid-November more

<p>A map of Rosetta's comet</p>

The surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can be divided into several morphologically different regions more

Looking for a landing site

Researchers select five areas on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet where Philae could touch down. more

Rosetta Image Gallery more

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