The Rosetta Stone
The Roset­ta Stone
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The Rosetta Stone

The Roset­ta Stone is ex­hib­it­ed at the British Mu­se­um in Lon­don.
Inscriptions at Philae Temple complex
In­scrip­tions at Phi­lae Tem­ple com­plex
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Inscriptions at Philae Temple complex

In­scrip­tions at Phi­lae Tem­ple com­plex south of the Egyp­tian city of Aswan.
The Temple of Philae
The Tem­ple of Phi­lae
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The Temple of Philae

The Tem­ple of Phi­lae on the Egyp­tian is­land of Ag­ilkia.

The Rosetta mission, expected to land on a comet, was named after the Rosetta Stone, which allowed hieroglyphs to be deciphered.

In 1799, in the Egyptian city of Rosetta, archaeologists discovered a stone with writing on it in two languages (Egyptian and Greek), using three scripts (hieroglyphic, demotic and ancient Greek). In 1822, together with the inscriptions on an obelisk from the Temple of Philae, Jean François Champollion succeeded in deciphering the, until then, enigmatic hieroglyphs. With this knowledge, the thus far incomprehensible inscriptions were translated, and a bygone civilisation 'rediscovered'.

Cometary researchers expect to obtain similarly enlightening insights from the first thorough exploration of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft with its lander, Philae. For the first time, a spacecraft not only flies by a comet, but also accompanies it as it approaches the Sun. In addition, also for the first time in history, a lander touched down on a comet and conducted experiments on site.

Contact
  • Elke Heinemann
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-2867
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
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  • Dr.rer.nat. Ekkehard Kührt
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    In­sti­tute of Plan­e­tary Re­search, As­ter­oids and Comets
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-514
    Fax: +49 30 67055-340
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
    Contact
  • Stephan Ulamec
    Phi­lae Lan­der Project Man­ag­er
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Space Op­er­a­tions and As­tro­naut Train­ing
    Mi­cro­grav­i­ty Us­er Sup­port Cen­ter (MUSC)

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