Airbus Defence and Space

The Rosetta mission

At 10.00 GMT on 20 January 2014, out in deep space near Jupiter, an alarm will go off. This will be the signal to rouse the Airbus Defence and Space-built comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta from the deep sleep it has been in for the previous 31 months.

The Rosetta mission will help scientists to understand how our solar system formed from primordial matter some 4.6 billion years ago. While the matter that ended up in the solar system’s planets has been transformed by the actions of solar radiation and geological processes, comets preserve this matter in its original state.