News Archive

  • 09.08.2016
    Rosetta’s dust-analysing COSIMA (COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser) instrument has made the first unambiguous detection of solid organic matter in the dust particles ejected by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in the form of complex carbon-bearing molecules. While organics had already been detected in situ on the comet’s surface by instruments on-board Philae and from orbit by Rosetta’s ROSINA , those were both in the form of gases resulting from the sublimation of ices. By contrast, COSIMA has made its detections in solid dust.
  • 09.06.2016
    Join lead scientists for the Rosetta mission* in an educational workshop that explores hands-on activities and resources for engaging students in the science of comets and small bodies. In this workshop for formal and informal educators, US Rosetta project scientist Bonnie Buratti and project manager Art Chmielewski will share some of the basic physics of comets and discuss how the Rosetta mission was able to land on one for the first time. Hear about the mission's latest discoveries, see incredible up-close images of the comet, and get the inside scoop on a second landing on the comet scheduled for Sept. 30, 2016.
  • 09.06.2016
    Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
  • 09.06.2016
    How has the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko influenced you? Did it make you dream, think, create art or even inspire study/career choices?
  • 09.02.2016
    This week’s CometWatch entry was taken with Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 22 August 2016, when the spacecraft was 6.8 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
  • 09.02.2016
    Post-perihelion changes, close flybys, and preparing for end of mission!
  • 09.02.2016
    Rosetta has imaged the smallest grains of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s dust yet, with its Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System, MIDAS.
  • 08.25.2016
    In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide. Nine of Rosetta’s instruments, including its cameras, dust collectors, and gas and plasma analysers, were monitoring the comet from about 35 km in a coordinated planned sequence when the outburst happened on 19 February.
  • 08.23.2016
    Work directly with US Rosetta Project Scientist, Bonnie Buratti and Project Manager, Art Chmielewski engaging educators in the introduction of small bodies, comparison of comets, the basic physics of comets and how to land on a comet. There will be hands on activities that can be done with students in the classroom. You will hear about the science that the mission has discovered and view some absolutely amazing images of 67P. There will be an opportunity to hear about the second landing on Churyumov-Gerasimenko scheduled for September 30, 2016.
  • 08.17.2016
    This week's CometWatch entry was taken with Rosetta's NAVCAM on 17 August 2016, when the spacecraft was 13.9 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.