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