ESA’s Rosetta mission

3

March 2015

Geological activity on the comet increases as it nears the Sun

 

4

13 August 2015

Comet reaches its closest point to Sun

 

5

30 September 2016

As reduced sunlight threatens links with Earth, Rosetta ends its mission with final close-up pictures and a walking-pace collision with the comet’s surface

1

6 August 2014

After a journey of more than 10 years featuring three Earth gravity-assists, a Mars assist and two asteroid fly-bys, Rosetta arrives at comet 67P

 

2

12 November 2014

Philae lander has a difficult touchdown. It sends data and images, then goes into hibernation after three days due to lack of sunlight

Orbit of comet

67P/Churyumov–

Gerasimenko

5

3

4

2

1

Earth

Mars

5

30 September 2016

As reduced sunlight threatens links with Earth, Rosetta ends its mission with final close-up pictures and a walking-pace collision with the comet’s surface

3

March 2015

Geological activity on the comet increases as it nears the Sun

 

4

13 August 2015

Comet reaches its closest point to Sun

2

12 November 2014

Philae lander has a difficult touchdown. It sends data and images, then goes into hibernation after three days due to lack of sunlight

1

6 August 2014

After a journey of more than 10 years featuring three Earth gravity-assists, a Mars assist and two asteroid fly-bys, Rosetta arrives at comet 67P

Orbit of comet

67P/Churyumov–

Gerasimenko

5

3

4

2

1

Earth

Mars

Jupiter