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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