Stamp Size: 28.45 x 42.58mm
Sheet Layout: 10
Release Date: 30 December 2014
Ascension Island sends its congratulations to the ESA and all involved in the Rosetta Mission.
Rosetta is a robotic space probe launched by the European Space Agency (ESA). Along with its lander module, Philae, Rosetta’s ten-year mission was to catch the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) and to answer some of our questions about comets.
Rosetta was launched aboard an Ariane 5 space rocket on 2 March 2004 from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. Rosetta's Ariane 5 soon passed out of range of the Galliot tracking station, near Kourou, and was followed in its journey around the world by tracking stations in Brazil, Ascension Island (shown on the souvenir sheet), Kenya, Australia and Hawaii. In order to know what to expect on the day, all these places had rehearsed the launch during the preceding months.