Rosetta mission - Journey to a comet
Europe's comet chaser
The Rosetta mission

Rosetta - Europe's comet chaser

The European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission was designed to study the formation and evolution of the Solar System by exploring one of the oldest and most primordial heavenly bodies – comets. The mission consisted of the Rosetta orbiter and the Philae lander. The probes were launched on 2 March 2004, travelled 6.4 billion kilometres in 10 years and, with the help of a few planet swing-bys, arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014.

DLR played a major role in the construction of the lander and operated the Lander Control Center (LCC), from where the difficult task of landing on the comet on 12 November 2014 – a feat never before accomplished – was designed and controlled. On 27 July 2016, after almost two years of cometary exploration, the communications unit on board the Rosetta orbiter (which it used to communicate with the Philae lander) was switched off. On 30 September 2016, the Rosetta mission came to an official end, with the orbiter's controlled descent.

Information about the Rosetta mission is also available on the following DLR channels:

Video Status report on Philae from Lander Control Center

YouTube Rosetta mission - Philae lander videos

Twitter @Philae2014

DLR on Facebook

Twitter @DLR_en

Information about the results of the mission can be found here.

Goodbye from Comet 67P

Thank you all for being a part of the journey! From #CometLandung to #GoodbyePhilae.