Rosetta probe heads for comet crash

Rosetta probe heads for comet crash

One of the most audacious space missions ever undertaken is about to come to an end.
The Rosetta probe that has been tracking a comet for the past two years is going to deliberately crash itself into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.
European Space Agency scientists say the satellite has come to the end of its useful life and they want to get some final, ultra-close measurements.
Rosetta is not expected to survive the impact with Comet 67P.
But even if some of its systems remain functional, pre-loaded software on board will ensure everything is shut down on contact.
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29 September 2016 in World News, Views: 39
Source: BBC

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