About Rosetta: In this section you will learn about Rosetta mission, its instruments, its scientific targets...Link


About VIRTIS: Some information about spectrometers, how they work, VIRTIS scientific targets...Link



About our Science Activities: Learn about last VIRTIS Science Meetings, scientific publications from our team and much more...Link

Rosetta and VIRTIS in brief:

Rosetta is an ESA mission, the first designed to both orbit and land on a comet. It will reach comet Churyumov - Gerasimenko in 2014. 
VIRTIS is an imaging spectrometer onboard of Rosetta built by IFSI/INAF, ASI, Galileo Avionica, DLR and Observatorie de Paris.

Latest News about Rosetta and VIRTIS:

June 2011: Rosetta hibernation



------>  Read ESA press release for more information or IN ITALIAN, INAF press release and ASI article

Rosetta on italian TV 


------> IN ITALIAN: Click here to see Rai International "Spacelab" (by Marco Dedola) issue about Rosetta. Follow this link to see more about Rosetta in the italian press. 

Rosetta's lander made of Lego
At EPSC 2010 (September 2010),
A model of Rosetta's lander was made out of LEGO® blocks and turned out as the "Rosetta Lander Education Kit". In september 2010, during EPSC, the prototype of this kit was tested by engineering and art students of the University of Rome.
Not only did they build the LEGO MINDSTORMS comet lander, they also learnt why ESA’s mission is travelling to rendezvous with comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
------> Read all about this activity on ESA website Link 

Rosetta at Asteroid Lutetia
Asteroid Lutetia has been revealed as a battered world of many craters. ESA’s Rosetta mission has returned the first close-up images of the asteroid showing it is most probably a primitive survivor from the violent birth of the Solar System.
------> Read about the Flyby on ESA website Link 

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Want to learn more?
Want to learn more about VIRTIS and Rosetta? This film, published by Lightcurve Films, provides with a glimpse behind the scenes of how such an instrument is conceived and built. This film is supported by INAF Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, and the Laboratoire d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique of the Observatoire de Paris, France.

What happens to Rosetta?

 June 2011
Rosetta hibernation

 10 July 2010
Lutetia fly-by
 13 November 2009
Third Earth fly-by
 05 September 2008
Steins Flyby
 08 November 2008
Second Earth fly-by

25 February 2005
Rosetta skimming past Mars

Read here about past events Link