In preparation for an unprecedented November 12, 2014 landing attempt on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) has created a series of animations to introduce our history with comets, as well as explain the Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander’s mission, all in the form of animated bedtime stories: Are we there yet? Fabulous fables and tales of tails and Preparing for #CometLanding.
Both videos are also available in the following languages:
Preparing for #CometLanding (French) + On est bientôt arrivés?
Preparing for #CometLanding (German) + Sind wir schon da?
Preparing for #CometLanding (Italian) + Siamo arrivati?
Preparing for #CometLanding (Spanish) + ¿Cuándo llegamos?
via Laughing Squid.
ESA.int: Pioneering Philae completes main mission before hibernation
Space.com: How Harrowing Comet Landing by Philae Nearly Failed (but didn’t)
NYTimes.com: Landing on a Comet, 317 Million Miles From Home
And here’s an animated conclusion for the comet landing (for now).
Mission Update II:
14 June 2015: Rosetta’s lander Philae has woken up after seven months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Mission Update III:
27 September 2016: Once upon a time… Rosetta’s grand finale.
Rosetta revisits the exciting scientific discoveries she made during her time at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, including the successful search to find Philae. Finally, she starts preparing to descend to the comet for the end of her extraordinary mission.
Mission complete! Read more at ESA.int.