Goodbye, Rosetta

rosetta-from-10kmThe Rosetta spacecraft “landed” on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 11:19 UTC yesterday. The picture above was taken from a range of about 16 km during the descent. It shows objects about 30 cm across. The image below is the last image sent from the spacecraft at an estimated altitude of 20 m. The area shown is about 2.4 m across. The resolution is roughly 5 mm. Contact was lost with the spacecraft when it contacted the surface of the comet, causing its antenna to point away from the Earth.rosetta-last-image

Image Credits: ESA

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