The last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

The last thing comet probe Rosetta sawRobotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target’s rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said Thursday. Almost a year to the day since Rosetta’s demise on September 30 last year, the European Space Agency (ESA) issued the fuzzy image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, pieced together from the final bursts of data relayed by the orbiter. The image of a one-square-metre (3.3 foot by 3.3 foot) section of comet presumed to be Rosetta’s boulder-strewn, dusty resting place, was taken from a distance of about 20 metres.

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