View Rosetta’s comet (2015)

Data visualization project for ESA

After contributing for the “Where is Rosetta?” data visualization (2014),
it was an honor to serve this ESA’s mission again (in 2015) with this new interactive space visualization.
Thanks to all teams at ESA, TECField, Science Office and EJR-Quartz BV.
Great work! It’s also open source.


Interactive data visualization project: “View Rosetta’s comet”
Developed for the European Space Agency in 2015.

View Rosetta’s Comet is a new interactive visualization tool that allows you to view Rosetta’s target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from all angles and to explore its shape and surface.

It is based on images taken with Rosetta’s navigation camera, NAVCAM. Since November 2014, these images have been released under a creative commons license, which allows you to share them with whomever you like, to publish them, as well as to adapt, process and modify them.

As of 30 July this year more than 6800 of these images are available to download from ESA’s Image Archive Browser, and that number will increase with the regular addition of hundreds of new NAVCAM images.

View Rosetta’s Comet has been developed by The Science Office and TECField for the ESA Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration.


Project Coordination: The Science Office and  EJR-Quartz

  • Cees Walen – EJR
  • Karen O’Flaherty – EJR
  • Mariana Barrosa – SO
  • Luis Calçada – SO
  • Pedro Russo – SO

Software Team:

  • Oliver Jennrich (Scientist, development, ESA)
  • João Martinho Moura (Lead development, interface design, TECField / engageLab University of Minho)
  • Ana Correia (Coordination, interface test, TECField)
  • José Carlos Silva (Quality software analyses, TECField)
  • Jorge Sá (Software test, TECField)

Open source javascript libraries:

  • Three.js (Ricardo Cabello, et al)
  • JQuery (John Resig, et al)
  • soundJS (Gskinner, et al)
  • tween.js (Soledad Penadés, et. al)

Malmer Comet model:

  • Mattias Malmer

If you want to learn more about the Rosetta Mission, let me share with you the wonderful talk of Professor Mark McCaughrean (ESA) about the ESA Rosetta’s mission: