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Photos: Europe's Rosetta Comet Mission in Pictures

Rosetta Wake Up Day: Thomas Reiter

ESA, J.Maiz

ESA's Thomas Reiter, Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations, welcomes participants to the Rosetta wake-up day at ESA's European Space Operations in Darmstadt, Germany on Jan. 20, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here.]

Rosetta's Target: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

ESO/C. Snodgrass (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany)

This image shows the 4-kilometer wide Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko - the target of the Rosetta spacecraft - as it appeared on Oct. 5, 2013 to the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. [Read the Full Story Here.]

Rosetta Wakes Up: Andrea Accomazzo

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Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta spacecraft operations manager for the European Space Agency, poses with a model of the comet-chasing probe at ESA's Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Jan. 20, 2014 as Rosetta woke up from 31 months of hibernation.

Rosetta Wake Up Day: Alvaro Gimenez

ESA, J.Mai

Alvaro Gimenez, ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, speaks at the Rosetta comet spacecraft's wake-up event at ESA's Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Jan. 20, 2014.

Rosetta spacecraft's first views of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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The Rosetta spacecraft's first images of its target, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Left: The comet is hidden within this sector of space, a crowded star field in the constellation Scorpius. Middle: A closer look, still showing many background stars. Right: The comet becomes visible after various steps of data processing.

Stunning New Photograph of Earth from Space

ESA ©2009 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.

This image is a combination of three photos (using an orange, green and blue filter) taken by the OSIRIS camera onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft. It is part of a sequence of images taken every hour through one full rotation (24 hours). The illuminated sliver is centered around the South Pole, with South at the bottom of the image.

Moonrise Over the Pacific 1024

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The moon rises above the Pacific in this spectacular space wallpaper taken March 4, 2005, just three minutes before the point of closest approach during Rosetta's Earth fly-by. This image was released Oct. 11, 2013.

Rosetta, 2007

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Panels on ESA's Rosetta spacecraft appear in the foreground of this intriguing image of Mars recorded on February 25 at a range of about 1,000 kilometers.

Artist’s Impression of the Philae Lander

ESA/J. Huart

After an extensive mapping phase by the orbiter in August–September 2014, a landing site will be selected on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for Philae to conduct in situ measurements in November 2014.

Battered Asteroid a Survivor From Solar System's Birth

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The asteroid Lutetia at closest approach as seen by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft in July 2010. [Full Story]

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