Mission Timeline

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Completed Milestones

  • March 2004 Launch
  • April 2004 Instrument Checkout & Comet LINEAR
  • March 2005 Earth 1 Gravity Assist
  • July 2005: Deep Impact Observation  
  • Feb 2007: Mars Gravity Assist
  • Nov 2007 Earth 2 Gravity Assist
  • Sept 2008 Asteroid Steins Flyby
  • Nov 2009 Earth 3 Gravity Assist
  • July 2010 Asteroid Lutetia Flyby
  • July 2011 Aphelion/Enter Hibernation
  • Jan 2014 Exit Hibernation
  • May 2014 Rendezvous with Comet C-G
  • Aug 2014 Start Global Mapping of Comet C-G

Upcoming Milestones

  • Nov 2014 Philae Lands on Comet C-G
  • Aug 2015 Rosetta & Comet Reach Perihelion (closest approach to Sun)

Dec 2015 End of mission