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The mission

ESA's Rosetta mission was the first to rendezvous with a comet, the first to follow a comet on its orbit around the Sun, and the first to deploy a lander to a comet's surface.

Comets are time capsules containing primitive material left over from the epoch when the Sun and its planets formed. By studying the gas, dust and structure of the nucleus and organic materials associated with the comet, via both remote and in situ observations, the Rosetta mission is unlocking the history and evolution of our Solar System.

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its Member States and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander was provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.

Launch: 2 March 2004
1st Earth gravity assist: 4 March 2005
Mars gravity assist: 25 February 2007
2nd Earth gravity assist: 13 November 2007
Asteroid Steins flyby: 5 September 2008
3rd Earth gravity assist: 13 November 2009
Asteroid Lutetia flyby: 10 July 2010
Enter deep space hibernation: 8 June 2011
Exit deep space hibernation: 20 January 2014
Comet rendezvous manoeuvres: May - August 2014
Arrival at comet: 6 August 2014
Philae lander delivery: 12 November 2014
Closest approach to Sun: 13 August 2015
Mission end: 30 September 2016

Rosetta
Liftoff for an Ariane 5
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The making of an Ariane 5 launch

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Rosetta liftoff
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Rosetta en route to comet

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Launch of the Ariane 5 carrying Rosetta
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Up, up and away - Rosetta's launch in pictures

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Rosetta liftoff
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Rosetta begins its 10-year journey to the origins of the So…

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Rosetta lift-off
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Rosetta begins its 10-year journey to the origins of the So…

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Ariane 5 ready for lift off
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ESA’s Rosetta launch re-scheduled: Follow the launch from a…

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Rosetta: ESA's comet chaser
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Rosetta: The comet chaser

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Missing piece of thermal insulation on Ariane Flight 158
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Rosetta launch delayed for technical reasons

27/02/2004 1239 views 1 likes
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Ariane 5 ready for lift off
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Rosetta launch webcast

26/02/2004 975 views 1 likes
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Ariane 5G, atop its mobile launch platform
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Rosetta now at launch pad on board Ariane 5

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Rosetta's lander on a comet's surface
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Rosetta: A spacecraft of ‘firsts’

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Rosetta's lander on a comet's surface
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VIDEO: The lander

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Once a myth, now an object of study

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Svetlana I. Gerasimenko
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Happy birthday: An interview with Svetlana Gerasimenko

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Artist's impression of the Rosetta spacecraft
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VIDEO: The comet investigation

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John Ellwood
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“I get a kick out of you…”: An interview with John Ellwood

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Rosetta: ESA's comet chaser
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ESA's Rosetta comet chaser ready for lift-off

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Rosetta is hoisted up
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Rosetta now on top of the Ariane 5

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New Norcia station
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The Rosetta ground segment

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Rosetta's lander on a comet's surface
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Hi-tech in space - Rosetta - a space sophisticate

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Artist's impression of the Rosetta spacecraft
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VIDEO: The comet chaser

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Ariane 5 emerges from the Launcher Integration Building
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Ariane 5 is transferred to the Final Assembly Building

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Staying power: An interview with Jean Gabriel Trotignon

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VIDEO: The new mission

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Rosetta’s Philae lander on comet nucleus
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Unlocking the secrets of the universe: Rosetta lander named…

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Wlodek Kofman
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CONSERT's first live performance: An interview with Wlodek …

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Rosetta orbits comet with lander on its surface
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The Rosetta space probe’s long trek to Comet 67P/Churyumov-…

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The Rosetta orbiter
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Rosetta's instruments

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Rosetta swings by Mars
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Rosetta wallpaper

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Comet Hale-Bopp
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Comets: An overview

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Rosetta approaching its ultimate destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Rosetta - a new target to solve planetary mysteries

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Kristin Wirth
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Here for the duration: An interview with Kristin Wirth

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3-D models of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s nucleus
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Hubble assists Rosetta comet mission

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Rosetta: Europe's comet chaser

06/01/2004 577 views 3 likes
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Rosetta leaves home to catch a comet
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Leaving home to catch a comet

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Rosetta lander integrated on orbiter
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Landing on a cosmic iceberg

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Rosetta approaches a fiery comet's tail
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New destination for Rosetta, Europe's comet chaser

29/05/2003 1443 views 4 likes
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Rosetta swings by Earth
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ESA's new challenge with Rosetta

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The Rosetta orbiter - spacecraft design
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Rosetta launch postponed

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Rosetta approaching its ultimate destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Rosetta – a comet ride to solve planetary mysteries

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