Status ROSINA / Rosetta Mission

Rosetta, the spectacular cornerstone mission of the European Space Agenca ESA was launched, after a one year delay, on March 2 2004 at 08:17 h with an Ariane 5 rocket for its long journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko . The University of Bern is part of this mission with the key experiment ROSINA.



ROSINA delivers science data

Since early August ROSINA is now sniffing the comet and delivering extremely nice and precious data (see Newsletter #24).

On Thursday, September 18, we will present the first highlights to a broad public. Information can be found here.

We reached our goal!

Rosetta and ROSINA reached the comet on August 6, 2014 (see newsletter no. 23)!


We approach our goal!

All three sensors of ROSINA are alive (see newsletter no. 22)!


The first signal after hibernation was received in Darmstadt (and Bern). See newsletter no. 21!

As time goes by...

November 27 2006

April 10, 2008

June 6, 2009 (mid-term)

January 5, 2011

Latest News:

Rosetta is in hibernation until January 20, 2014!

On December 15, 2011 the LED Display "Countdown to Rendevous" will show a four digit number for the last time! Only 1000 days left until Rosetta reaches its destination!

Newsletter Nr. 20 has been added! (February 7, 2013)

The ROSINA Newsletter 20 is available (German only). Previous Newsletter can be found here

Rosetta Spacecraft Passes Asteroid Steins, Credit & Copyright: Rosetta Team, ESA

Rosetta Spacecraft Passes Asteroid Lutetia, Credit & Copyright: Rosetta Team, ESA

2x Asteroid

Sept. 15, 2008 and July 10, 2010 Rosetta passed the two asteroids (2867) Steins and (21) Lutetia in 800 km and 3621 km respectively, exactly as planned. Very nice pictures were acquired by the OSIRIS camera (see below). More information can be found on the ESA Rosetta homepages for  Steins and  Lutetia.

3x Earth

March 4 2005

November 13 2007

November 13 2009

Three times Rosetta dashed by the Earth, in order to gain momentum. The momentum is taken from the kinetic energy of the Earth around the Sun. The Earth gets a little bit decelerated while the spacecraft gets accelerated. After three Earth flybys the velocity of Rosetta relative to the Sun was 139'200 km/h compared to the initial velocity of 108'000 km/h after launch. During all three encounters beautiful pictures were taken by the navigation cameras and by OSIRIS (see across).


The Earth during the first Flyby, taken with the Rosetta navigation camera. ESA ©2005

Antarctica (Graham Land) taken during the second flyby by the navigation camera ESA ©2007

The illuminated South Pole, taken with the OSIRIS camera during the third flyby.ESA ©2009 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Depicts: Rosetta solar array wing over Mars background. Copyright: CIVA / Philae / ESA Rosetta

Rosetta dashes by at Mars ! (Feb. 25.2007)

 Only 250 km above the Martian surface with a velocity relative to Mars of more than 36‘000km/h, somebody should try to imitate Rosetta! With a superb precision the spacecraft was navigated from the team at ESOC around the red planet in order to be back on time at the Earth in November of the same year (13. Nov. 2007) . More information can be found  here. (Rosetta Mars Swing-By, english)