'Goodbye Rosetta': Crash-landing ends historic comet mission

September 30, 2016 11:55 AM

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Europe's pioneering Rosetta spacecraft dramatically concluded its 12-year odyssey Friday, crash-landing into the comet it orbited and probed for two years in a quest to demystify the Solar System's origins.

There were tears, hugs and cheers at mission control in Darmstadt, Germany when spacecraft operations manager Sylvain Lodiot announced: "This is the end of the Rosetta mission."

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