Rosetta's journey

by Harvey Leifert
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Infographic and timeline summarizing the milestones of Rosetta's journey from its launch in 2004 to its mission end in 2016. Credit: ESA.

Launch date: March 2, 2004

Launch place: French Guiana

Launch mass: Rosetta: 2,900 kilograms; Philae: 100 kilograms

Rosetta dimensions: 2.8 x 2.1 x 2.0 meters, plus two 14-meter solar panels

Science instruments: Rosetta: 11; Philae: 10

Years in which gravity assists occurred: Earth 2005; Mars 2007; Earth 2007, 2009

Arrival at 67P: Aug. 6, 2014

Philae lands on 67P: Nov. 12, 2014

Perihelion: Aug. 13, 2015

Controlled Rosetta crash onto comet: Sept. 30, 2016

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