Rosetta in the UK

Showcasing and celebrating the UK's involvement in ESAs Rosetta mission.

On this site you'll find all you need to know about the Rosetta mission and the small army of UK scientists, engineers and educators who have been instrumental in the concept, development and operation of this cornerstone space mission. You'll also be able to access some fantastic resources to bring Rosetta science and engineering to life in the classroom and find out about all the live UK events and exhibits where you can get real hands-on science and face-time with UK Rosetta scientists and engineers.

Have fun and explore the site, and if you want to keep up-to-date with all the news and latest content then follow us on Twitter (@RosettaintheUK) or Facebook ( and share with your friends!


Philae has been found – here’s why it’s important

Rosetta’s mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimanko is coming to an end – plans are already in place for a grand finale on September 30, when the orbiter will land gracefully (erm, crash) on the surface of the target it has been following so closely for more than two years. In preparation for the landing, Rosetta has been approaching ever closer to the surface. High resolution images of the surface have been returned, showing in great detail the stark and pitted landscape, ragged cliffs and boulder-strewn plains.

Wed, 2016-09-07 11:58

Farewell to Philae?

How do you say goodbye to a valued colleague with whom you have worked closely for almost two decades? Maybe there is a farewell party, a collection for a gift, a bunch of flowers? If the colleague is moving to an exciting new post, the affair is usually joyful, possibly tinged with envy as well as regret. The same is true if the colleague is retiring – depending how close you are to retirement yourself. But what are those who worked on developing the comet lander Philae supposed to feel now their colleague faces “eternal hibernation” after a decision was made to give up trying to contact it?

Mon, 2016-02-15 14:36

Rosetta scientists unveil the source of ice and dust jets on comet 67P

After a decade-long journey through space, the Rosetta spacecraft has spent the past year less than 100km from the nucleus of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, capturing some stunningly detailed images. But despite this wealth of visual evidence for researchers there is a lot we still don’t know about the comet – including why it is covered in organic material rather than just ice and what causes its powerful jets of dust and ice.

Fri, 2015-09-25 12:01
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