News Archive

  • 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.
  • 06.05.2017
    Rosetta’s operational mission ended in September 2016, but for the scientists and instrument teams the mission is far from over. Scientists have only scratched the surface analysing the amount of data produced by the mission. As this information is scrutinised, new discoveries are made, including a surprise final extra image taken by the OSIRIS camera during the spacecraft’s controlled descent onto the comet.
  • 05.30.2017
    We present a summary of the campaign of remote observations that supported the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Telescopes across the globe (and in space) followed comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from before Rosetta's arrival until nearly the end of mission in September 2016.
  • 05.10.2017
    The finding shows that oxygen can be generated in space without the need for life, and could influence how researchers search for signs of life on exoplanets.