The mission was launched in 2004, and will reach comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014.
Animation showing Rosetta's journey from launch until it reaches its final destination, including all major milestones along the way. Move cursor over the buttons on top to play, stop or zoom in. Click on 'select events' to select the event at which you want to see Rosetta's journey begin.
- Launch: 2 March 2004
- First Earth swingby: 4 March 2005
- Mars swingby: 25 February 2007
- Second Earth swingby: 13 November 2007
- Steins flyby: 5 September 2008
- Third Earth swingby: 13 November 2009
- Lutetia flyby: 10 July 2010
- Comet rendezvous manoeuvres: 22 May 2014
- Lander delivery: 10 November 2014
- Escorting the comet around the Sun: November 2014 - December 2015
- End of mission: December 2015
Upon arrival, Rosetta will continue to orbit the comet, observing what happens as the icy nucleus approaches the Sun and then will travel away from it. The mission is expected to end in December 2015. Subsequently, Rosetta will again pass close to Earth’s orbit, more than 4000 days after its adventure began. -- Amruta