Comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko)

This page includes real-time data for Comet 67P as well as information regarding the Rosetta Spacecraft and its recently deployed Philae Lander.

Current Position


ESA’s Video Stream

Rosetta and Philae.  Image: ESA.

Current Status:

Current Status:
After successfully uploading all its data from today’s science session, the Philae Lander went into an energy saving state. Shortly afterwards, Philae stopped communicating with ESA who reported a loss of signal. Philae is not expected to come back online, although we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!
Rosetta is still operating normally…

Rosetta’s Mission Target

67PComet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) will be the focus of the ‘Rosetta spacecraft mission’ which is due to last until December 2015.

Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P in early August and quickly scanned its surface for a suitable landing site. On September 15th, ESA announced that they would deploy their lander (Philae) to a point selected on the comet’s so called head. This point was initially named ‘Site J’ but after a public competition was named Agilkia.

On November 12th, the Philae lander seperated from the Rosetta Spacecraft to make its seven hour journey to the comet’s surface. On touchdown, the lander’s harpoons failed to fire and Philae bounced twice before coming to rest on the surface (around 1km from its intended landing site). Philae’s CIVA module has sent images from the surface of Comet 67P but ESA are unsure whether Philae’s position enables it to gather enough light to recharge its batteries sufficiently.

Not a New Comet

Discovered in 1969, Comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko) is a Jupiter family comet measuring 4.5km across. It has an orbital period of 6.5 years and its closest point to the Sun at perihelion is 1.2458 AU (186m kilometres). Although Comet 67P won’t be visible with the naked eye from Earth, the Rosetta Spacecraft will make sure it is seen around the world in unprecedented detail.

ESA released a stunning composite 3D image of Comet 67P which can be found here.