Rosetta's last image

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    On Friday, Rosetta’s historic mission concluded with the spacecraft descending to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

    Rosetta was commanded to make a final series of unique scientific measurements very close to the comet, including taking images like this one, of its final resting place.

    The image shown here, in fact, was the last ever taken by Rosetta, about 20 m above the surface. The scale is 2 mm/pixel and the image measures about 96 cm across.

    The OSIRIS wide-angle camera was not designed to be used below a few hundred metres, and had to be used in a special mode. As expected, the image is out of focus.

    After contact was confirmed and the mission declared complete, Mission Manager Patrick Martin announced the name of the impact site.

    He said, “The Rosetta Stone was originally located in Sais, and we shall name the impact point as such so we can finally say that Rosetta has come home to Sais.”

    The mission was named after the Rosetta Stone, itself so named because it was found in a town called Rashid (Rosetta), having thought to have been moved from a temple in Sais.

    Just as the Rosetta Stone was pivotal in understanding ancient language and history, so the vast treasure trove of Rosetta spacecraft data is changing our view on how comets and the Solar System formed.

    Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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    1. anriro96 29 months ago | reply

      Thanks gor this Great live series👍

    2. tudedude 29 months ago | reply

      RIP well done team and thanks for the images :-)

    3. FirstExpressions 29 months ago | reply

      Awesome job ESA!!! THANKS for the INCREDIBLE images of another world!! I will miss them in the future!!

    4. sventailor 29 months ago | reply

      Goodbye Rosetta! Great Job - Thank you!

    5. M.E. Sanseverino 29 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for pushing the boundaries of science. We have all gained so much from your 12 year mission. Keep up the great work. Bonne chance!

    6. lauriemorrison88 29 months ago | reply

      Farewell Rosetta and Philae. What a fantastic mission for science

    7. JeromeBlake 29 months ago | reply

      Bye bye Rosetta... Great Job!!

    8. Catherine Halvick 29 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this serie!

    9. astonishing spoon [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

      Great job. Thank's for science

    10. conall.. 29 months ago | reply

      amazing adventure. We humans are pretty cool really!
      thanks you guys for making us so!

    11. the real Kam75 29 months ago | reply

      live long and....you know the rest...

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