Published on : Saturday, October 1, 2016
With today´s final touchdown of the Airbus Defence and Space built Rosetta probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, one of the most spectacular space missions has finally come to an end. The legacy of Rosetta will keep scientists busy for many years as they analyse the vast and valuable amount of data it has delivered.
Michael Menking, Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science at Airbus Defence and Space said: “We are extremely proud to have built this robust and reliable spacecraft which was, and still is, a key contributor to unveiling the secrets of comets and the origin of life. I thank all parties involved in designing, building, running and utilising Rosetta and turning a Mission Impossible into an epic and fruitful space adventure.”
It took ten years and a journey of more than six billion kilometres to reach comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta has today made a controlled descent onto the comet’s surface, bringing its mission to a close.