VIDEOS: Rosetta and Philae, Once Upon a Time
published during a waxing gibbous moon.

In honor of the impending retirement of Rosetta’s Philae Lander, NOW.SPACE invites you to revisit ESA’s charming cartoon series following the adventures of Rosetta and Philae.


Rosetta and Philae

Between 2014 and 2015, The European Space Agency (ESA) released eight adorable cartoons chronicling the adventures of their brave comet-chasing duo, Rosetta and Philae, as they embarked on their epic journey to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  Originally released as part of the “Are We There Yet” outreach campaign, this charming fairytale ended up captivating the hearts of children and adults alike. The cartoon series even went on to win a “New Media” award at the EuroPAWS Science TV & New Media festival.

You can watch the series in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish on ESA’s website. We’ve posted all eight of the videos in English below–we hope you enjoy!

Read Ode to Philae: A Brief Mission That Made A Big Impact by NOW.SPACE writer, Amy Thompson to learn more about Philae’s incredible journey to  comet 67P/Churymouv-Gerasimenko.


A spacecraft named Rosetta was launched into the sky to uncover mysteries of our Solar System. A long journey lay ahead…


Rosetta had been travelling in space for 10 years, towards a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Before long, Rosetta was able to see the comet in the distance, and she took stunning pictures as she got closer and closer. There was only a little way to go now…


After a 10-year journey, Rosetta and Philae are impatient to arrive at their destination!


Long, long ago men and women on Earth gazed in wonder at comets that appeared in the sky. What where these mysterious objects? Rosetta and Philae learn about the history of comets from their grandfather, Giotto.


After a ten-year journey, Rosetta and Philae had finally reached their destination, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta spent many weeks studying the comet, sending lots of information back to Earth. But where was Philae going to land? Eventually the scientists on Earth found the best place on the comet for Philae to land. Soon it was time to make the final preparations for Philae’s great adventure. Both spacecraft couldn’t wait any longer. The whole world would be watching as Rosetta and Philae prepared for their biggest challenge yet…


Rosetta and Philae were ready for their biggest challenge yet: landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. As Rosetta bid her lander farewell and sent him to the comet’s surface, the whole world looked on, anxious to see what would happen next…


This short compilation of the adventures of Rosetta and Philae is currently being screened at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport plaza. It features new scenes covering Philae’s wake-up and the duo waiting for perihelion.

Rosetta tells us what she’s learned in her first year studying Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Philae wakes up from hibernation.