Scientists bid farewell to Rosetta, eye more discoveries

2016-09-29 16:17
The deployment of the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from the Rosetta spacecraft. (ESA, AP)

The deployment of the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from the Rosetta spacecraft. (ESA, AP)

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Berlin - Scientists are saying their final farewells to the Rosetta space probe ahead of its planned crash-landing on a comet.

The probe was launched in 2004 and took a decade to reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it released a lander in November 2014.

Both Rosetta and its lander Philae have gathered a wealth of data about 67P that have already given scientists significant new insights into the origins and nature of comets.

The European Space Agency plans to steer the probe toward the comet as slowly as possible on Friday so it can take unprecedented close-up images before colliding with the icy surface.

Scientists involved in the project said on Thursday that - even after Rosetta goes silent - they have decades of work ahead of them analysing all the data collected during the mission .

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