On Sep. 30, 2016, the Rosetta mission came to a close. At 11:19 UTC, the radio signal received at Earth from the spacecraft was cut off when the orbiter became a lander, slowly impacting and coming to rest on the surface of a comet.
At that moment, it became more than it once was; it became a part of the comet it had been chasing since it was launched on Mar. 2, 2004.
It was August 2014 when Rosetta first approached and made rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a chunk of ice and rock and gravel and dust orbiting the Sun every six and a half years.
One of the theories for how Earth became a watery world suitable for life now faces doubt, according to the latest results from the Rosetta spacecraft that’s now orbiting a comet 326 million miles away. Countless comet impacts were ...
Today, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft became the first probe to orbit a comet. Later this year, Rosetta's Philae lander is expected to touch down on the surface. Read the rest
After more than a year of searching, the Rosetta comet mission’s Philae lander has finally been found! The definitive image was taken on Sep. 2, 2016, when the orbiting probe swooped down to less than three kilometers from the surfa...
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has had its share of ups and downs. Last year Rosetta became the first spacecraft to successfully enter orbit of a comet and the Philae lander became […]