In an out of this world first, the space probe enters the gravitational pull of a comet ahead of a landing attempt scheduled for November.
The Rosetta mission has narrowed down the selection of possible landing sites to just five candidates, but it's going to be tricky to touch down.
The craft, launched back in 2004, rendezvoused with comet 67P/GC, ahead of a planned landing in November.
An ESA spacecraft nears its target, a comet the Philae lander will saddle up to for a ride around our nearest star.
Potential "comet of the century" will be visiting the sun for Thanksgiving Day. There's one last chance to catch this week before it fizzles or makes history.
It could be the brightest comet in decades, or even centuries, and it's coming to visit for the holidays. It might also fizzle out.
The European spacecraft has been hunting down one particular comet at high speeds for several years. Now, after a long nap, its target is within sight.
The European spacecraft finally sent a signal home after 31 months of hibernation. Now it prepares to meet up and ride along with a comet later this year.
The European Space Agency's solar-powered Rosetta craft will "wake up" after napping for two and a half years and begin the final part of its unprecedented journey to rendezvous with a comet.
The potential comet of the century grazed the sun last week, and it now appears it didn't survive to put on a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas show for us.