European Space Agency prepares to crash probe into comet
Final preparations are being made to crash a European spacecraft on to a comet, bringing a dramatic end to the £1 billion Rosetta mission.
Final commands will be uploaded on Thursday into the orbiter to line the probe up for its one-way trip on to the rugged surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Rosetta is due to carry out its "collision manoeuvre" at 9.50pm, UK time at an altitude of about 19 km (12 miles).
From that moment, there will be no turning back. The spacecraft will head straight for the comet, hitting the ground at around 11.40am UK time on Friday.
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