Space Exploration

The Rosetta Mission Successfully Ended On September 30, 2016

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After more than a decade at work in space, the European Space Agency's (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta called it quits. But it wasn't a tragic affair, it was more like a slow, gentle, bittersweet farewell. The craft, which launched in March of 2004, became the first ever to orbit a comet. Rosetta's probe, Philae, landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in 2014, making it the first space probe to do so. On September 30, 2016, the world said goodbye to Rosetta as it deliberately crash landed on the comet it had been studying, marking the long and historic mission a success. Learn more about Rosetta and what it accomplished with the videos below.

That's A Wrap On The Rosetta Mission

The European Space Agency couldn't be more proud.

5 Things You Need to Know About Rosetta, the Comet Chaser

It was a landmark mission.

The Purpose Of The Rosetta Mission

How do you land on a comet?