Friday 30th September is a fateful night for the ESA Rosetta mission...
With Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko heading away from the Sun it will become harder to communicate with and power Rosetta and so the ESA has taken the decision to drop Rosetta down onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Join us for a night of celebration of the Rosetta Mission so bring some food to share if you can, make & bring the ESA paper model of Rosetta & Philae, or just come to share the moment.
We will have videos, images and (hopefully!) live streaming the ESA coverage of the end of the mission - ESA have said Rosetta will be returning images on this final descent to the surface.
Sadly there will be no images from the surface as Rosetta is extremely unlikely to end up pointing back to Earth when it lands and will automatically turn itself off on impact, so this will be its last hoorah. But the science will live on!
#GoodbyeRosetta ! Signal gone! :-(— Mount Burnett Obsvy (@MBObservatory) September 30, 2016
#GoodbyeRosetta, you made millions of people care deeply about a spacecraft and made many scientists very happy with your data. Sleep well.— Mount Burnett Obsvy (@MBObservatory) September 30, 2016
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