Farewell Rosetta: Orbiter to set down on comet surface

(CNN)Here’s the challenge: Land a spacecraft that was designed to be an orbiter on the surface of a speeding comet that is millions of miles away and carry out pioneering science on the way down.

It’s difficult — but the Rosetta mission has continued to surprise and delight those who have followed its epic 12-year, comet-chasing journey.


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Mission controllers from the European Space Agency (ESA), which is leading the Rosetta mission consortium, are aiming to find out more about the lumpy structures they are calling “goosebumps.”
Collected in the wall of pits on the comet’s surface, scientists believe they may be the original pieces of material that bonded together to form the body and date to when the solar system was young.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/29/health/rosetta-orbiter-comet-landing/index.html

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