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Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet

By emily

Rosetta touched down just 33 m away from the target point, as indicated by the green descent trajectory line. The inner circle has a radius of 50 m and the concentric circles around the centre are spaced by increments of 50 m. Credit: ESA

On 30 September 2016, at 11:19:37 UT in ESA’s mission control, Rosetta’s signal flat-lined, confirming that the spacecraft had completed its incredible mission on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 40 minutes earlier and 720 million km from Earth. Rosetta was working up to the very end, collecting reams of Science data as it descended towards a region of pits in the Ma’at region on the comet’s ‘head’.

Before we ‘retire’ the blog, we wanted to catch up with the instrument teams following this grand finale to find out how their instruments performed and if there were any surprises in …read more



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Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet


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