Rosetta’s Final Mission

Tomorrow, one way or another, the ESA’s Rosetta mission is coming to an end.  In a final maneuver, the craft will attempt to land on the surface of the comet, following in the footsteps of the Philae lander, though hopefully with more success.

The video shows the final orbit plan, and really highlights how amazing mission scientists are to be able to plan a landing site when the comet is rotating so quickly, relative to the craft’s motion.

You can follow the link to watch the live broadcast of the event here.  The mission will end around 7:20am EST tomorrow, September 30th, 2016.  Watch earlier to see some commentary from mission specialists and the uploading of the final commands.

Good luck Rosetta!

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