REPLAYING: 25 years of comet science
from ESA/ESOC 15 June 16:30-17:30 CEST14 June 2011 A retrospective of ESA's historic Giotto mission with highlights of past comet science and featuring Rosetta and its ambitious goal to land on a comet in 2014. Presenters include the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, Alvaro Gimenez, th...
Asteroid Lutetia: postcard from the past27 October 2011
Asteroid Lutetia: postcard from the past27 October 2011 ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has revealed asteroid Lutetia to be a primitive body, left over as the planets were forming in our Solar System. Results from Rosetta's fleeting flyby also suggest that this mini-world tried to grow a metal heart.
Giotto approach to Comet Halley15 June 2011
Giotto approach to Comet Halley15 June 2011 Twenty-five years ago, ESA's Giotto probe swept within 600 km of Comet Halley, obtaining the first close-up images of a comet. It revealed the first evidence of organic material in a comet and, still today, much of what we know about comets comes from...
Call for Media: Giotto and Rosetta – 25 years of comet science09 June 2011 ESA PR 17 2011 Twenty-five years ago, ESA's Giotto spacecraft made its mark in deep space. Passing Halley’s comet at a distance of only 600 km, Giotto was the first mission to perform a close comet flyby.
Rosetta comet probe enters hibernation in deep space08 June 2011 The final command placing ESA's Rosetta comet-chaser into deep-space hibernation was sent earlier today. With virtually all systems shut down, the probe will now coast for 31 months until waking up in 2014 for arrival at its comet destination.
Rosetta to sleep through loneliest leg of comet mission03 June 2011 On 8 June, mission controllers will have the first opportunity to switch ESA's Rosetta comet-hunter into deep-space hibernation for 31 months. During this loneliest leg of its decade-long mission, Rosetta will loop ever closer toward comet 67-P, soari...