Rosetta (spacecraft) facts for kids
|Organization:||European Space Agency|
|Major contractors:||European Space Agency|
|Mission type:||Comet Orbiter/Lander|
|Flyby of:||Earth, Mars, 2867 Šteins, 21 Lutetia|
|Launch date:||2 March 2004|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5G+|
|Mission duration:||16 years, 4 months and 12 days elapsed|
Rosetta is an ESA space probe. It is on a mission to study the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The Rosetta mission is made up of two parts: the Rosetta space probe and the Philae lander. The spacecraft was launched on 2 March 2004 by an Ariane 5 rocket. In 12 November 2014 Philae landed but soon lost electrical power and radio contact. Rosetta continued to examine the comet from orbit.
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Cartoon versions of Rosetta and Philae as they appear in the ESA's Once upon a time... series.
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