Friday, September 30, 2016
Great balls of fire..
Love this story. After almost 8 billion kilometres of travel (and you thought the mileage on your car was a bit scary) the Rosetta probe is about to receive it's last ever command, the instruction that will send it crashing into the surface of the comet it's been orbiting for the last 25 months. Right up until the moment of impact the probe will be sending data back to Earth and even in it's final seconds will hopefully have new things to reveal. As the probe gets further away from the Sun and light becomes ever fainter it would have become more and more difficult to scavenge enough power to run the instruments on-board the craft, so this is a fitting end to what has been a wonderful mission, congratulations to ESA (European Space Agency) are well deserved!
Posted by Steve Borthwick at 9:44 am