Rosetta comet landing site, September 2016

Rosetta comet landing site, September 2016

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Credit: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Rosetta comet landing site, September 2016. Sequence of images captured by Rosetta during its descent to the surface of Comet 67P/C-G on 30 September 2016. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft was launched in March 2004. It entered orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014 and over the next 25 months it acquired 100,000 images and instrument readings, as well as launching a lander (Philae). By September 2016, the probe and comet were 573 million kilometres from the Sun, with the probe's solar power fading. The Rosetta space probe descended to make a controlled impact with the comet at the end of its 2-year mission. The last images were received at around 11:18 UTC on 30 September 2016.

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