ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Rosetta Mission Selfie at Comet

On this day: 7 September 2014, the Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser (CIVA) camera on the Rosetta Mission's Philae lander snapped a ‘selfie’ at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 50 km. The picture shows the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosetta’s 14 m-long solar wings, with the comet in the background.

Comet Lander's View During First Bounce

The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view during its first bounce after hitting the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014, with blurring as a result of the lander's own motion. The lander was descending at about 2 mph (3.2 kilometers per hour) when it first touched the surface, and its first bounce lasted almost two hours and carried it about six-tenths of a mile (1 kilometer) both aloft and downrange. The image from the lander's CIVA camera is the first view from Philae after its initial touchdown.

First Comet Panoramic

Released 11/13/2014 4:12 pm

Rosetta’s lander Philae has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The view, unprocessed, as it has been captured by the CIVA-P imaging system, shows a 360º view around the point of final touchdown. The three feet of Philae’s landing gear can be seen in some of the frames.

Confirmation of Philae’s touchdown on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT/17:03 CET on 12 November.

Welcome to a comet

Released 11/13/2014 10:39 am

Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The image is a two-image mosaic.

Rosetta mission selfie at 16 km

Using the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander, the spacecraft have snapped a ‘selfie’ at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. The image was taken on 7 October and captures the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosetta’s 14 m-long solar wings, with the comet in the background.

Two images with different exposure times were combined to bring out the faint details in this very high contrast situation. The comet's active ‘neck’ region is clearly visible, with streams of dust and gas extending away from the surface.

Rosetta mission selfie at comet

Using the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander, the spacecraft have snapped a ‘selfie’ at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The image was taken on 7 September from a distance of about 50 km from the comet, and captures the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosetta’s 14 m-long solar wings, with 67P/C-G in the background. Two images with different exposure times were combined to bring out the faint details in this very high contrast situation. Read more...

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