News Archive

  • 10.03.2017
    Last year, Rosetta concluded its incredible mission by descending to the surface of comet #67P. Flashback to the "Mission complete" story and images from 30 September 2016
  • 10.02.2017
    A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase.
  • 10.01.2017
    Relive the incredible adventures of #Rosetta & #Philae at Comet 67P/C-G in cartoon form, from their ten-year journey through the Solar System to the wide range of scientific experiments conducted at the comet and the excitement of not one, but two comet landings!
  • 09.30.2017
    On this day: 30 September 2016, at 11:19:37 UTC in ESA’s mission control, the Rosetta Mission’s signal flat-lined, confirming that the spacecraft had completed its incredible mission on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 40 minutes earlier and 720 million km from Earth.
  • 09.25.2017
    ESA's Rosetta Mission ended almost a year ago this week. These 210 images reflect Rosetta's ever-changing view of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko between July 2014 and September 2016.
  • 09.07.2017
    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.
  • 08.07.2017
    ESA's Space Science Image of the Week revisits Comet 67P/C-G's 'summer fireworks' during #perihelion2015 two years ago.
  • 07.08.2017
    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!
  • 06.28.2017
    NASA has posthumously awarded the Exceptional Public Service Medal to Michael A’Hearn, one of the world’s leading comet scientists. A’Hearn died May 29 at his home in University Park, Maryland at the age of 76.
  • 06.08.2017
    The challenging detection, by ESA's Rosetta mission, of several isotopes of the noble gas xenon at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has established the first quantitative link between comets and the atmosphere of Earth. The blend of xenon found at the comet closely resembles U-xenon, the primordial mixture that scientists believe was brought to Earth during the early stages of Solar System formation. These measurements suggest that comets contributed about one fifth the amount of xenon in Earth's ancient atmosphere.