This animation tracks Rosetta’s journey through the Solar System, using gravity slingshots from Earth and Mars to reach its final destination: Comet Rosetta made three flybys of Earth, on 4 March 13 November 2007 and 13 November and one of Mars, on
It was 45 years ago when astronomer Klim Churyumov and Svetlana Gerasimenko, one of his researchers, unwittingly began a new chapter in the history of space exploration. During a comet-hunting expedition to Alma-Ata Observatory, Kazakhstan, they discovered the bizarre, ice-rich object – subsequently named Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – that is now under close scrutiny by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft.
Rosetta spacecraft's comet has a double nucleus! - In video footage taken from the Rosetta spacecraft on July 2014 - as it speeds towards Comet - Gerasimenko - scientists have identified what looks like a double nucleus, or core, for the comet
Will the Rosetta spacecraft wake up today after two-year sleep? It is due to make 24,600mph comet landing
The Rosetta Mission in Photos, March Rosetta lifts off from Kourou, French Guiana. Rosetta left earth, whipped around it three times to gain speed, and caught up to a comet called On November the spacecraft dropped a lander onto the comet's surface.
Set your alarms EARLY and head outside before dawn Wednesday morning to see a spectacular line-up of the waning crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter in the east (for the next few mornings this week). — with Kevin D Johns.