European Space Agency / 2015
View Rosetta’s Comet

View Rosetta’s Comet is an 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 2015 more than 6800 of these images are available to download from ESA’sImage Archive Browser, and that number will increase with the regular addition of hundreds of new NAVCAM images.

This project was a cooperation between The Science Office, EJR-QUARTZ and TECfield developed for the ESA Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration


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

This interactive 3D visualization is supported only by WebGL compatible browsers and graphics cards. Further information is available here:

Project Coordination/ Cees Walen (EJR), Karen O’Flaherty (EJR for ESA), Mariana Barrosa, Luis Calçada, Pedro Russo