Rosetta: The Ambition to Turn Science Fiction into Science Fact

Imagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets. They levitate the worlds above their heads, spinning them in orbit around their symbolic Sun.

Comet activity is on the increase

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is showing a gradual, but clear, increase in activity, as can be seen in the latest images provided by the OSIRIS team.

Your Chance To Name A Comet Landing Site

Name Philae's landing site and be in with a chance of attending the historic landing event at ESA's mission control centre on 12 November!

Call for Media: Opportunities to follow Rosetta mission’s historic comet landing

Members of the media are invited to attend events being held by ESA and the German and French space agencies on the occasion of the first ever attempt at landing on a comet.

ESA Confirms Primary Landing Site for Rosetta

ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet.

First signal from the comet surface
Rosetta will deploy Philae on November 11 at 11:35 PM PST. Confirmation of the landing will arrive at ground stations around 8:03 AM PST.

Rosetta Infographic