Rosetta Mission will end this week. The spacecraft that set out in cosmos to analyze and bring evidence about the roots of the Solar System will crash into a comet on Friday. It will remain on its frosty surface forever. The 12-year trip sponsored with approximately one and a half billion dollars will finish with a boom when Rosetta will depart for Comet 67P and will join Philae on the icy surface of the asteroid.
- Scientists are about to end Rosetta mission with a boom.
- Because the spaceship will crash into the comet, scientist hope new information will be revealed.
Although the end of the mission is a well-known fact acknowledge by every scientist, European Space Agency are very anxious when thinking of the opportunity of photographing Comet 67P from just tens of meters away. Rosetta mission will end soon after sending its last information to Earth. Its signal will disappear from Terra’s control displays at approximately 1120 GMT. Rosetta’s signal takes more or less half an hour to deliver to the mission control in Germany. If that is so, its last spurt of energy will be round 1040 GMT.
The outset objective to revolve and set down on a comet was authorized in 1993. This mission was bound to explore the source and development of our terrestrial system. Keeping that in mind, over the years we found out from our scientists that comets are due to detain prehistoric components conserved in their structure.
The set out for Rosetta mission was in March 2004, when the spaceship and the asteroid lander called Philae started the journey in outer space, traveling 6 billion kilometers until they reached Comet 67P in August 2014. They received the help of gravity upswings on flypasts of Mars and Earth along their journey. The spacecraft and the comet lander have enlightened scientists regarding the aspect and the structure of comets.
After both devices have conducted several studies on the samples they gathered, they managed to analyze them and conclude that asteroids which had crashed into Earth in the past have fetched amino acids, which represent the cornerstone of life. Comets like the one they have analyzed, Comet 67P, did not bring water during the impact, although they contained oxygen.
Now, the comet is slowly moving away from our star, while Rosetta is currently still analyzing it. Scientists needed to make a very hard decision: what would they rather choose between keeping Rosetta in the comet’s orbit for when it will get near the Sun again, or destroy the spaceship for a close-up analysis? Because experts don’t believe Rosetta will endure a close up to the Sun, they have already agreed upon the other option.
Would you be curious to see what pictures the spacecraft would take when approaching even closer to the comet? Do you think other discoveries are soon to be resolved through the Rosetta mission?
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