Quick Review Sheet of Rosetta Philae Comet Landing Mission by ESA

(Last Updated On: September 14, 2016)


A decade and 6.5 billion kilometers after its first view. Philae separated from its mother ship Rosetta and completed the 10 year long journey after landing on comet 67P. This was the first time in space history of comet landing.

10 years journey started from March 2 2004 to November 12 2014. The $ 1.6 billion Rosetta mission of Philae comet landing was approved in 1993. The European probe Philae lander has made first ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase of competition to explore the origin of the solar system.

Today I am going to reveal another success story in space research and development. The European space agency recently achieved a feat in space history. The Rosetta mission of Philae comet landing was tremendous and planned mission.

Rosetta mission Philae comet landing was successfully completed on 12 November 2014.Rosetta with Philae send to 67p with 10 instruments.

Why this mission was known as Rosetta mission?

Who is Philae?  

What is 67P?

According to my study and research from various online and offline sources

Rosetta is named after the Rosetta stone which is now in British museum- bear’s text in hieroglyphs and Greek and founded in the Nile delta. It provided key to modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Philae comes from an obelisk on Philae Island on the Nile that was crucial to decoding the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta stone.


67 P is the new address of Rosetta mission Philae .This is scientific position of comet in solar system around the sun. First message received by the European Space Agency was “Philae touchdown! My new address is 67 P”  European space Agency scientist tweeted on their  twitter account with same message.

Scientist assumed the comet surface could be made up of anything, from hard rock to powder soft surface. Philae will attempt to lock it in place with screws in its feet and harpoons.

Rosetta left earth to catch 67 P in 2004, which means both Philae and the mother ship Rosetta designed in 1990 with its on board equipment’s.



March 2, 2004 :Unmanned probe Rosetta takes off from Kourou, French Guiana.

February 25, 2007: Rosetta carries out a close flyby of Mars.

September 5, 2008: Probe successfully passes close to an asteroid 250 million miles from earth.

July 10, 2010: Between Mars and Jupiter, Rosetta transmits first picture from Lutetia,the largest asteroid ever visited by a satellite.

January 20, 2014: After a 3 years hibernation, Rosetta sends first signal back to earth.

August 6, 2014: Rosetta swings alongside comet 67 P between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

November 12, 2014: Probe releases the Philae lander towards the comet surface.

Getting from earth to a comet that is travelling towards the sun at 18 kilometers per second was a landmark in space engineering and celestial mathematics.


Comet contains vital clues about materials that built the solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago. They pounded the fledgling earth, providing it with carbon molecules and water-part of instrument for life.

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Rosetta and comet 67P will zip towards the sun at a speed of 18 kilometers per second. It will scan the comet with 11 instruments, as it loops around the sun.

World space agencies are competing with each other to know the secrets of the solar system, life on earth, flying objects, alien, etc. same I will get back to you with a new success story in space.

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