Catch up on the Rosetta Mission with an Adorable Claymation Clip

Haven’t stayed on top of the Rosetta mission? Learn about the spacecraft, lander, and what we’ve learned from the comet so far in under 3 minutes of charming stop motion.


The Royal Observatory is back with another claymation-style animation, this time running through why we launched the Rosetta spacecraft, what happened to the bouncy little Philae lander, and their surprising comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.


The Philae lander briefly woke up this summer before lapsing back out of communication, but the Rosetta orbiter is still circling the lump of slowly-heating iceball that is Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Top image: Philae bouncing its landing on comet 67P. Credit: Royal Observatory/Mika McKinnon

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It weighed about as much as a triple A battery? How small is this thing? Couldn’t they load a secondary or even 3rd probe for future missions?

I still want the pups from Prometheus to eventually become real.