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A HUGE THANK YOU!

As we're sending certificates to thank all people involved in the Rosetta mission, we wish to acknowledge a truly special contribution: a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who followed this extraordinary mission and made it even more incredible!

The Rosetta Mission, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and artist Ekaterina Smirnova

Where art and science meet, that’s where you’ll find Ekaterina Smirnova, an artist who has made extraordinary representations of Rosetta’s comet that are inspired by the scientific data. Ekaterina presented her work at the European Space Agency’s ESLAB #50 symposium “From Giotto to Rosetta” in the Netherlands in March of this year, and it was also on display at ESA’s offices in Noordwijk. Her work will be shown at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences (which is held jointly this year with the European Planetary Sciences Community) October 17-21, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

The Rosetta Mission: Empowering and Inspiring Youth Beyond Borders

As a scientist part of my role and duty is to contribute towards spreading general awareness and helping the public understand the importance of such discoveries. But my experience on this matter with Rosetta was truly a unique one. Rosetta was different in every way; with its twenty instruments (ten on the orbiter and ten on the lander), it has roughly double to triple the number of science experiments on most missions. The milestones in Rosetta also make it one of the most intriguing missions, from the Lutetia flybys to the comet approach; the Philae landing to the endless search for the lander and the exciting Philae wake-up; all the way to the retrieval of the lost lander and the final spacecraft controlled descent. All of this makes Rosetta one of the most complex missions in space science history since the Apollo era.

Alice Observes the February 19 Outburst of Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

On February 22, 2016, Alessandra Rotundi, the PI of the GIADA instrument on Rosetta, sent out a report describing a large increase in the number of dust particles detected between UT 10:00 at 13:00 on February 19, asking whether or not any of the other Rosetta instruments had concurrent observations of an outburst event at this time.

Highlights of Amateur Observer Program of 67P/CG (“Chury”)

The Amateur Observing Program in support of ESA/Rosetta mission has been a very busy campaign, especially post-perihelion...

In memory of Dr. Claudia Alexander (1957-2015), NASA Rosetta Project Scientist

By Bonnie J. Buratti, NASA Rosetta Project Scientist (2015-present)

Detection of Glycine in Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The region where comets were formed – far away in the coldest places in our Solar System – harbors the "primordial material" that was left unaltered since before the planets formed. The nuclei of comets may store matter that is older than our Solar System, from more than 4.6 billion years ago.

Rosetta Science Operations in a nutshell

Although it is perhaps less well known outside the project, Rosetta Science Operations is absolutely critical to the success of the mission. Its task is to run the scientific payload of the spacecraft, and to manage the flow of information from the science teams to science planning to command sequences to spacecraft and back.

How the solar wind interacts with 67P

One of the main areas of cometary exploration is the study of how the solar wind, or the constant stream of energetic charged particles flowing from the Sun, interacts with the coma of a comet.

Comet 67P Inner Coma Structure

The Rosetta mission gets us one step closer in our scientific quest to understand comet composition and structure.

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