Rosetta Crash-Lands on Comet, Ending 12-Year Space Mission

September 30, 2016 11:55 AM

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Rosetta Crash-Lands on Comet, Ending 12-Year Space Mission

Europe's pioneering Rosetta spacecraft concluded a 12-year odyssey with a controlled crash-landing Friday onto the comet it has orbited and probed for two years to unravel the secrets of the Solar System's birth, mission controllers said.

"I can confirm the full success of the descent of Rosetta," Mission Manager Patrick Martin announced to wild cheering in the control centre, based in Darmstadt near Frankfurt in Western Germany.

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