Rosetta satellite crashed

Rosetta satellite crashed

World September 30, 2016 12:45

- Rosetta space probe has crashed on 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This confirms the European Space Agency. This is the mission of the satellite to an end.

Rosetta was launched in 2004 and wrote ten years later history when the satellite from an unmanned scout, Philae, on more than half a billion kilometers from Earth landed on the comet. It was the first time that such a controlled landing was performed on a comet. The operation did not go smoothly: Philae landed in a cave where sunlight could hardly reach the lander. This allows the battery became exhausted soon after landing. Which could later charge again, but the landing robot was again located only this year.

In the meantime, the Philae sent or research Rosetta, who in turn sent through to Earth. On the comet were oxygen molecules, water vapor, carbon monoxide and nitrogen, sulfur, and carbon compounds were found. In particular, the discovery of oxygen was surprising.

The satellite is disabled conscious because of the faltering communication Philae. After the crash remain Rosetta and Philae run into eternity on the comet around the sun.

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