Since the beginning of May, a fascinating exhibition about the comet-mission „Rosetta“ can be explored in the Natural History Museum Vienna. The Rosetta comet mission is one of the most complex space projects in Europe and has been a milestone in the exploration of the small, mysterious celestial bodies that sometimes unpredictably appear in the inner solar system. The exhibition, which the DLR has designed together with the Max Planck Society, provides fascinating insights into the space mission that led to the first comet landing in history. As a result, it was not only possible to take important measurements but also to collect fascinating pictures of a rugged, deeply black comet. The evaluation of the many images and measurement data continues and will probably take many years. However, the results presented in the exhibition today already show why comets are so fascinating and what great importance for science they have.
If you can’t make it to the Natural History Museum in Vienna yourself, you have the chance to experience the exhibition from the comfort of your own home: via our digital app, which we have developed for the DLR. The real-time 3D app “DLR Comets” enables visitors from all over the world to take a virtual tour of the exhibition. Via smartphone, laptop or tray you can move under the virtual starry sky along the exhibits, explore the fascinating pictures and exciting explanations and – as a highlight – view the comet model in 3D from all angles. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store or can be visited on the “virtual tour” website (for all popular browsers).