Evidence of Water Ice from VIRTIS

The latest results from mission Rosetta were published today on Nature: traces of water ice have been found on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the italian VIRTIS spectrometer in two different areas of the Imhotep region. For more information: read Media INAF article (in italian) or ESA article (in english)

Rosetta and the day of the landing

On the 12th of November, the lander Philae of the ESA Rosetta mission will land on comet 67P. After separation, Philae sent to Earth the first CIVA image of Rosetta at 15:30 (in the box). Follow the event at ESOC on ESA website: http://rosetta.esa.int/

Name site J with Rosetta!

Today, on the 16th of October ESA launches its Landing Site Naming Competition, organized in Italy by ASI and INAF, a contest to find a name for the landing site of the lander Philae of the Rosetta mission on comet 67P/C-G. Until the 22nd of October at 23.59, it is possibile to suggest your prefered name to win a trip …