• Question: Is the Rosetta mission named after the Rosetta Stone or is it name after something different? Clara N.S.

    Asked by AdamW to Laurence on 2 Mar 2016.
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      Laurence O'Rourke answered on 2 Mar 2016:

      Hi Clara, good question. It’s named after the Rosetta stone which is in the British museum in London. The Rosetta stone is like a dictionary as it has three languages on it (including hieroglyphics) so by comparing one with the other they finally were able to decipher the secrets behind hieroglyphics. Rosetta the satellite is named after it because it will help to decipher the secrets behind comets.