An ESA rover under testing is joined in the Agency’s rocky ‘Mars Yard’ by a plush toy version of Rosetta.
This comet-chasing spacecraft was never intended to be a lander, but Rosetta will be following its Philae lander (seen atop Rosetta here) down to the surface of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in a controlled descent on 30 September.
Then on Sunday 2 October, comes ESA’s annual Open Day in the Netherlands: your chance to see this 8 x 8 m Mars Yard – part of ESA’s Planetary Robotics Laboratory – and the rest of ESA’s technical heart in Noordwijk for yourself.
The Open Day will also give visitors a chance to learn first-hand about ESA’s next planetary landing: the touchdown of the Schiaparelli demonstrator of the ExoMars mission on 19 October.
All visitors must book to gain entry on the Open Day. To register, click here.