The Rosetta orbiter made history when she landed on a comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — the first mission to ever do so. Rosetta communicated with her lander Philae using a special unit.
But last summer Philae went silent, and Rosetta kept her spirits up by keeping busy, documenting her subject and chatting with Earth. Despite her hope that maybe Philae would wake up from hibernating, Earth informed Rosetta that she’d have to power down some parts of herself to conserve energy for the next few months.
1. This farewell wave.
— BBC The Sky at Night (@BBCStargazing) July 27, 2016
2. This token of gratitude from Curiosity.
#GoodbyePhilae – Thanks for doing something amazing and not being smug jerk about it like some amazing Mars rovers I know.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) July 26, 2016
3. This throwback to Philae’s landing.
— Monica Grady (@MonicaGrady) July 26, 2016
4. These two sad little campers mourning the bot in Spain.
— Emma Bermúdez (@emma_bermudez) July 27, 2016
5. And this couple of pawspiring catstronauts.
— PR Cradduck (@cradduck_bowen) July 27, 2016
6. This promotional poster for the next Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie.
— Ian Isted (@ianisted) July 26, 2016
7. This goodbye from under the sea.
— Aerodork (@AeroDork) July 28, 2016
8. This nod from Philae’s colleagues, the Voyager spacecrafts.
— NSFVoyager2 (@NSFVoyager2) July 26, 2016
And this message from Paxi, an Earth-loving alien who works with the European Space Agency (ESA).
— Paxi (@Paxi_ESAKids) July 27, 2016
9. The French space agency’s adieu.
— CNES (@CNES) July 26, 2016
10. This addition of the Rosetta mission’s plaque in NASA’s hall of fame.
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) July 26, 2016
11. And these adorable animations from an ESA video of Rosetta and Philae’s time together.
— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) July 27, 2016