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Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P

January 24, 2020

Why is there so little nitrogen in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P)? That’s a question scientists asked themselves when they…
Astronomers Reveal Interstellar Thread of One of Life’s Building Blocks

January 16, 2020

ALMA and Rosetta map the journey of phosphorus. “Life appeared on Earth about 4 billion years ago, but…
Rosetta Flew Through the Bow Shock of Comet 67P Several Times During its Mission

December 16, 2018

In 2014 , the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft made history when it rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.…
Comet 67P Rugged Landscape Shown on a New Image

October 8, 2018

In March of 2004, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft blasted off from French Guiana aboard an Ariane…
Pluto is What You Get When a Billion Comets Smash Together

May 29, 2018

Pluto has been the focus of a lot of attention for more than a decade now. This began…
I Can’t Stop Watching This Amazing Animation from Comet 67P

April 25, 2018

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission was an ambitious one. As the first-ever space probe to rendezvous with…
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Rosetta’s 67P Is The Result Of A Collision Of Two Comets

March 8, 2018

Ever since we’ve been able to get closer looks at comets in our Solar System, we’ve noticed something…
This was the Snowstorm Rosetta Saw When it Got 79 km Away From Comet 67P

January 25, 2018

In August of 2014, the ESA’s Rosetta mission made history when it rendezvoused with the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. For…
UA in the Running for a New NASA Mission

December 22, 2017

NASA has chosen a planetary mission involving a team from the University of Arizona as one of two…
Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below

October 30, 2017

Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta’s comet, prompting the question: how was it…
Unexpected surprise: a final image from Rosetta

October 2, 2017

Scientists analysing the final telemetry sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of the…
Comet 67P full of surprises

March 23, 2017

Images returned from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission indicate the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very…
The Many Faces of Rosetta’s Comet 67P

March 22, 2017

Images returned from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the…
Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet

December 16, 2016

ESA’s Rosetta completed its incredible mission on 30 September, collecting unprecedented images and data right until the moment…
NASA’s Kepler Gets the ‘Big Picture’ of Comet 67P

October 10, 2016

On Sept. 30, the European Space Agency concluded its Rosetta mission and the study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. During…
Final Descent Images from Rosetta Spacecraft

October 1, 2016

A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft shortly before…
Farewell Rosetta: ESA Mission to Conclude on Comet’s Surface

September 30, 2016

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission will come to a dramatic end on Friday, Sept. 30, with…
NASA TV Coverage of European Mission Comet Touchdown

September 29, 2016

NASA Television and the agency’s website will air the conclusion of ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) Rosetta mission from…
ESA at the 67th International Astronautical Congress

September 26, 2016

Starting on 26 September, Guadalajara in Mexico will host the 67th International Astronautical Congress, the annual global convention…
Summer fireworks on Rosetta’s comet

September 24, 2016

Brief but powerful outbursts seen from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko during its most active period last year have been traced…
Rosetta’s descent towards region of active pits

September 11, 2016

Squeezing out unique scientific observations until the very end, Rosetta’s thrilling mission will culminate with a descent on…
Rosetta captures comet outburst

August 26, 2016

In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been…
Rosetta finale set for 30 September

July 3, 2016

Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on…
Comets regularly break and reunite again

June 11, 2016

They break up and then make up again – this sounds like a story, heard in a hallway…
Update: The Atmosphere of Comet 67P Contains Building Blocks of Life

May 28, 2016

While the idea that life on Earth started as a result of asteroid bombardment that brought crucial chemicals…
Rosetta’s comet contains ingredients for life

May 28, 2016

Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that…
The colour-changing comet

April 10, 2016

Rosetta’s comet has been seen changing colour and brightness in front of the ESA orbiter’s eyes, as the…
Rosetta’s lander faces eternal hibernation

February 13, 2016

Silent since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago, the Philae lander is facing conditions on…
Inside Rosetta’s comet

February 5, 2016

There are no large caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA’s Rosetta mission has made measurements that clearly demonstrate this,…
Rosetta discovers water ice on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

January 14, 2016

A comet is largely composed of water ice and water vapour predominates in its ‘atmosphere’ – the coma…
Exposed ice on Rosetta’s comet confirmed as water

January 14, 2016

Observations made shortly after Rosetta’s arrival at its target comet in 2014 have provided definitive confirmation of the…
Ride along with Rosetta through the eyes of OSIRIS

December 13, 2015

Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera team has launched a new website to showcase their recent images of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The…
Rosetta blog: Cometwatch 27 November

December 4, 2015

This week’s Cometwatch entry was taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 27 November 2015 when the spacecraft was 124…
Rosetta blog: New comet shape model

November 30, 2015

A new 3D shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been released by ESA’s Rosetta archive team today. The…
Rosetta blog: CometWatch 22 November

November 26, 2015

This week’s Cometwatch entry was taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 22 November 2015 when the spacecraft was 127.7…
Rosetta blog: CometWatch 17 November

November 19, 2015

Today's CometWatch entry is a NAVCAM image taken on 17 November 2015, when Rosetta was 141.4 km from…
Rosetta blog: Reminiscing about the week of comet landing

November 17, 2015

This time last year saw the end of an extraordinary week at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in…
Rosetta blog: CometWatch 12 November – one year on

November 13, 2015

Today’s CometWatch entry was taken yesterday by Rosetta’s NAVCAM, on the anniversary of Philae’s historic landing on Comet…
Rosetta and Philae: one year since landing on a comet

November 12, 2015

http://wpc.50e6.edgecastcdn.net/8050E6/mmedia-http/download/public/videos/2015/11/012/orig-1511_012_AR_EN.mp4 Reconstructing Philae’s flight One year since Philae made its historic landing on a comet, mission teams remain…
Rosetta blog: From one comet landing to another: planning Rosetta’s grand finale

November 12, 2015

As announced in June along with confirmation of the mission’s extension, Rosetta teams are planning to end the…
Rosetta blog: Reconstructing Philae’s flight across the comet

November 12, 2015

Data from both the Philae lander and Rosetta orbiter experiments, as well as simulation results based on Philae’s…
Rosetta blog: The sound of Philae conducting science

November 12, 2015

Philae’s SESAME-CASSE ‘listened’ to the lander’s MUPUS instrument hammer the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November. Martin Knapmeyer…
Rosetta blog: Rosetta and Philae: one year since landing on a comet

November 12, 2015

One year since Philae made its historic landing on a comet, mission teams remain hopeful for renewed contact…
Rosetta blog: The ups and downs of a comet’s surface

November 11, 2015

This time last year little was known about Agilkia, the area chosen as Philae's landing site. One year…
Rosetta blog: A fall of comet dust and a field of boulders

November 9, 2015

From the earliest clear views of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko it was obvious that the surface is a collection of…
Rosetta blog: CometWatch 31 October

November 6, 2015

Today's CometWatch entry is a NAVCAM image taken on 31 October 2015, when Rosetta was 293.4 km from…
Rosetta blog: CometWatch from Gaia

November 3, 2015

This blog post is based on an image release published on the ESA Space Science portal . Gaia…
Rosetta blog: CometWatch 26 October – 6 hours apart

October 30, 2015

CometWatch this week comprises two NAVCAM images acquired six hours apart on 26 October 2015. The images have…
Rosetta blog: First detection of molecular oxygen at a comet

October 28, 2015

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has made the first in situ detection of oxygen molecules outgassing from a comet, a…
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