RIP Rossetta!

The “Little Mission that Could” has come to an end, but what a mission it was to watch!

Rosetta Concludes Mission with a Crash (Megan Gannon, Scientific American)
Rosetta Mission Ends With Spacecraft’s Dive Into Comet (Kenneth Chang, New York Times)

It was such a joy to watch each historic milestone the mission passed over the last few years. In honor of that success, here is a retrospective tribute to just a few of the many, many accomplishments.

Philae Lander’s Data Reveal Surprising Details About Comet (Reuters)
Comet landing: Organic molecules detected by Philae (Paul Rincon, BBC News)
What Philae Did During Its 60 Hours on a Comet (Mark Lorch and The Conversation UK, Scientific American)

Wednesday, humans will land a probe on a comet for the first time ever (Rachel Feltman, Washington Post)
Landing on a Comet, 317 Million Miles From Home (Jonathan Corum, New York Times)

Rosetta comet: More black swan than yellow duck (Jonathan Amos, BBC News)
The lonely landscape of Rosetta’s comet (Stuart Gary, ABC)
A Cosmic First! Rosetta Probe Goes Into Odd-Duck Orbit Around Comet (Alan Boyle, NBC News)
Rosetta spacecraft’s first images of comet (Larisa Epatko, PBS News Hour)

It may be a superlative that is way, way overused, but sometimes it is just the right word, and in this case it certainly applies. Awesome!

More information…
Rosetta Spacecraft (Wikipedia)
Rosetta Mission (ESA, Official Site)