Rosetta Probe Ends 12-Year Mission, Leaves Data For Decades Of Research

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A model of the space probe Rosetta is pictured at the headquarters of the European Space Operation Center (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, western Germany, on Sept. 30, 2016, the day of the controlled descent of the ESA space probe Rosetta onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rosetta probe, a mission of the European Space Agency, has completed its 12-year mission after a planned slow-motion crash into Comet 67P, the object it has been studying.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about the data the ESA — and the world — has gained from the project.


Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR science desk reporter. She tweets @nell_sci_NPR.

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