— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) March 9, 2015
The European Space Agency (ESA) posted the latest episode of the Once Upon A Time… cartoon animation series onto the ESA YouTube channel. Before it was released the ESA Rosetta Mission prepped audiences by posting onto their Twitter page “coming up very soon… the much awaited next chapter in our “Once upon a time…” cartoon series :-)
The Once Upon A Time… animated children cartoon series tells a brief synopsis of the real-life story of the #cometlanding mission that the Philae, a robotic ESA comet lander, and the Rosetta, a robotic ESA space probe, embarked on. Philae and Rosetta made an epic 10-year journey, starting back in March 2nd, 2004, towards the magnificent Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae finally landed on the comet in November, 2014, and transmitted never seen before information back to scientists on Earth.
The latest animated episode featured Philae disembarking Rosetta, finally landing at their final destination on the comet’s surface – although it was a quite a bumpy landing. Drama ensued as officials were unsure as to where the Philae lander had touched down on the Comet’s surface. The whole world waited intently for news, anxious to see what would happen next …
— ESA Science (@esascience) March 10, 2015
According to Space.com, “officials still aren’t sure where Philae is, but they hope it wakes up as the comet makes its way around the sun, heating and potentially providing more light for Philae in the process.” ESA Science tweeted out “#WakeUpPhilae! MT @ESA_Rosetta: Excited! Will listen for signs if @Philae2014 is awake!”
Click here to find out the latest update on ESA’s Rosetta and Philae #cometlanding mission – through animation!