Rosetta Spacecraft Safely Landed On A Comet This Morning

Submitted by: trimble 7 months ago in Science
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Rosetta, the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, completed its mission by safely landing on it earlier this morning. The comet (Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko), which is thought to have formed near Neptune, was followed by Rosetta for two years before making an outward journey thereby giving less sunlight for Rosetta to generate power. Rather than abandon the spacecraft altogether, the mission crew decided to land the craft and collect final photographs and data from the comet’s surface -- the last photo is show below. Totally out of focus.

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There are 4 comments:
Male 2,460
Landing shit on comets. That's cooler than the other side of the pillow.
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Male 3,393
It is but I didn't add the "safely landed" part. They actually crashed it into the comet as a last act to gather data. We'll land the next one safely.
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Male 186
That depends on your definition of crash. Rosetta bumped into the comet at roughly walking pace speed. Too much for her structure to manage (It was never designed for "landing") but not the kind of speed I would call a crash. More like a hard landing.
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Male 1,997
yeah I-A-B is like that.. twisting people's submissions. i was looking at this thinking "wth" because they were talking about crash it for over a week
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