Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft to end trek with comet crash landing

September 22, 2016

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has ended its trek with comet crash landing. During long 12 years Rosetta was programmed to chase a comet across more 6 billion km of space. The European scientists will end Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body in one week, on Sept. 30.

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft did tremendous work for the science. All that data collected by Rosetta was extremely helpful for ESA scientists better. Thanks to the imageries from Rosetta, the planetologists could understand how the Earth and other planets formed.

Rosetta gathered a large archive, the data from this spacecraft will keep scientists busy for years to come. During two years the spacecraft was circling comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, collecting a valuable data for the science. It was also the first mission to venture beyond the main asteroid belt relying solely on solar cells for power.

Artist rendering of Rosetta, the European Space Agency's cometary probe with NASA contributions

In the final hours of its controlled descent on Sept. 30, Rosetta will be able to take close-up pictures of the comet and collect data on gases closer to the surface before joining Philae and shutting down forever.