Extra, extra! You may have already heard all about it: Rosetta is nearing the end of its operational mission and will make a controlled impact on Comet 67P/C-G on 30 September. EJR-Quartz will be back at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt to help cover this grand finale, and we couldn’t be more excited. We were there in November 2014, supporting live coverage of the historic Philae landing across ESA and DLR channels. The #cometlanding social media campaign was hugely successful, attracting much press and tremendous public interest.
Since then, we have continued to support the Rosetta communications campaign, including social media channels like Rosetta’s Twitter handle, Facebook feed, and Instagram account. But that’s not all. Through our contract with ESA Science & Technology, we have sourced press kits as well as content for online articles, interactive tools and multimedia created by our partners at the Science Office.
Next week, we’ll be back at it, supporting ESA in relaying real time information via ESA’s web portal at esa.int and via the ESA and Rosetta Mission social media accounts. Look out for live tweets from @ESA_Rosetta and @esaoperations in particular, which will report on the status of Rosetta’s descent as well as share photos taken by the spacecraft as it gets ever-closer to the comet’s surface.
We are proud to be a part of the team communicating this historic mission to the world. Rosetta has been an exciting endeavour in science communication, and it has been a pleasure to work alongside mission experts to share this spacecraft’s incredible adventure with the public. And we aren’t the only ones inspired by Rosetta: in celebration of the success of this mission, ESA has launched the Rosetta Legacy campaign on Tumblr, to which many have posted their moving experiences with the Rosetta mission and what it has meant to them. You can view the site and submit here.
Humanity’s first ever #cometlanding comes full circle this 30 September. Join us for the epic conclusion to the Rosetta mission at rosetta.esa.int.