Here are Some of the Best Images of Rosetta’s Dance Around a Comet

RIP Philae

Rosetta made history in 2014 when it became the first, and so far only, craft to orbit a comet as it made its way towards the Sun. Not only did it provide a plethora of data about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for researchers here on Earth, it also captured all of our imaginations, especially through its Twitter account. Plus, the craft carried the Philae lander, which became the first lander to touch down on a comet, though its mission was marked with tragedy and heartbreak as it slowly lost connection with its Earthly team. Rosetta’s mission is slated to end in September, so let’s take a look at some its best images thus far.

From Afar
Hello, Nucleus
The Imhotep Region
Jets of Cometary Activity
Shine On
Up Close and Personal
Hanging Out Near Imhotep
The Full Picture