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Rosetta's mission success in 20 infographics

Visual aids to understand one of the most memorable moments in Space Exploration history

November 12, 2014

While the scientific world is still exhilarated by another tremendous success and milestone in Space exploration history, Rosetta’s Philae probe is quietly sending over the first sets of data out of the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. After a decade-long journey, and seven hours of tense wait, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET).

“Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured a place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a lander to a comet’s surface,” noted ESA’s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, in the official announcement published on ESA’s website. On a previous occasion, Mr Dordain described the uniqueness of the mission to BBC News: “Rosetta is a unique mission – unique technologically, unique scientifically, and unique philosophically because comets may be at the origin of who we are. The following video is a must, if you’re not familiar with this mission.

Such an accomplishment rapidly took over social media, and several news portals already released some sort of interactive feature depicting the success of the mission. This post brings you not only those published recently, but also other infographics and visualizations that we dug from out archives.

#Cometlanding on Twitter | ESA with Twitter Reverb

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Cometlanding on Twitter
(image: ESA with Twitter Reverb)

Landing on a Comet, 317 Million Miles From Home | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Landing on a Comet, 317 Million Miles From Home
(image: The New York Times)

Rosetta landing: 10 years in the making | CNN

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rosetta landing: 10 years in the making
(image: CNN)

The tools of the Mission | Alberto Cervantes | The Wall Street Journal

(image:The Wall Street Journal)

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For Rosetta, a comet up close | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic For Rosetta, a comet up close
(image: The Washington Post)

Rosetta’s mission impossible on comet 67P | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rosetta's mission impossible on comet 67P
(image: The Guardian)

First landing on a comet | Ricard Gràcia, Alex R. Fischer, Francisco J. Moya, Ramón Curto | El Periódico

(image: El Periódico)

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Rosetta ready for the most dangerous landing in history | J. de Velasco, J. Torres | ABC

(image: ABC)

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Landing on a comet | Juan C. Sánchez, J. Aguirre | El Mundo

(image: El Mundo)

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Rosetta’s orbit around comet M67 | Nigel Hawtin | NewScientist

(image: NewScientist)

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Rosetta | J. de Velasco, J. Torres. | ABC

(image: J. de Velasco, J. Torres. | ABC)

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Rosetta’s journey | La Voz de Galicia

(image: La Voz de Galicia)

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Rosetta: 10 years in space | Alfredo Peralta, Daniel Martínez | La Razón

(image: La Razón)

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The Rosetta mission | El Mundo

(image: El Mundo)

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Rosetta space mission | Ramon Curto | El Periódico

(image: El Periódico)

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The comet hunter | El Mundo

(image: El Mundo)

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Comet ahead | Alan Jürgens | La Vanguardia

(image: La Vanguardia)

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And we close with an old black and white infographic released and published at the time Rosetta left Earth, ten years ago, courtesy of our good friend Marco Giannini, followed by the always brilliant XKCD.

The launch of the Rosetta Mission | Marco Giannini | La Repubblica

(image: La Repubblica)

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Landing | XKCD

(image: XKCD)

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We’ll probably do a follow-up to this post, as the mission continues to unfold in the upcoming weeks. So, if you know of another infgographic or interactive visualization about this topic, let us know on Twitter. Until then, just head out to Rosetta’s amazing Flickr Album and be happy you’re living in such times.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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