Rosetta Orbiter Will End Its Space Journey By Smashing Into A Comet
The Rosetta space orbiter was launched more than a decade ago.By Lindsey Pulse | September 12, 2016
Say goodbye to the Rosetta space orbiter because, well, it's about to bite the dust.
The European Space Agency launched the flying object into space more than a decade ago. Rosetta is known by the agency as the "comet chaser," and it will crash into its destination on Comet 67P near the end of this month.
The orbiter has had many historic firsts for a spacecraft. Researchers don't know a whole lot about comets, and Rosetta is the first spacecraft to fly alongside one.