Monday, July 4, 2016

The end of Rosetta

CNES, the French space agency, has announced when the remarkable Rosetta mission will end:  on September 30 of this year, with a "landing" on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  That's the comet it has been orbiting, observing, and even dropping probes on.  I presume, though I haven't seen it described, that they'll probably spiral in slowly, and get as much observation time in at high resolution as they can before touchdown.

That's what I'd do, anyway, and it's also what the NEAR mission did (quite a long time ago, now).

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