Rosetta comet probe will proceed its mission till September 2016
The Rosetta comet probe simply obtained a brand new lease on life… if not a really lengthy one. The European Area Company has prolonged the area explorer’s mission from its unique December finish to September 2016. That is solely 9 months, however it’ll give scientists a shot at learning Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shut-up because it flies away from the Solar for a few of that interval. There’s even an opportunity that Rosetta will get visible affirmation of the place the Philae lander touched down, which hasn’t been sensible with the probe’s comparatively distant orbit.
Simply do not rely on one other reprieve. The probe might be too near the Solar a month after the mission’s finish, and it will have used up an excessive amount of propellant to easily put the craft in hibernation and look forward to the subsequent alternative. As an alternative, the ESA hopes to land Rosetta on the comet itself and successfully name it quits. Do not be too unhappy, although. The spacecraft will acquire knowledge till the very finish if this landing is possible, so it’s going to no less than exit in a blaze of glory.
[Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab]