Signing Off: The ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft

After nearly two years, the first mission to a comet concluded on Friday, September 30th when the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft performed a controlled impact into comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  The decision to terminate the mission resulted from the extensive distance Rosetta orbited from the sun, causing a shortage in solar energy to …

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Comet Chaser Rosetta Reaches Final Destination

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History was made yesterday between the orbits of  Jupiter and Mars.  After a decade filled with anticipation and hope, the Rosetta spacecraft successfully reached its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  Moreover, at only 100 km from the surface, the spacecraft will eventually be guided into an orbit around the comet. A comet is …

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