Why Are So Many Space Probes Sent Smashing Into Things?
Space probes, like the Rosetta craft, are intentionally sent crashing into things pretty often.By Steven Sparkman | November 6, 2015
Why do so many space probes crash-land?
The European Space Agency recently announced that Rosetta, the orbiter that lowered a probe onto a comet's surface last year, will end its life by intentionally crashing itself into the comet, too. (Video via European Space Agency)
That's not an unusual ending for a spacecraft. Galileo did the same thing, ending its eight-year orbit of Jupiter by spiraling down to be destroyed in the gas giant's atmosphere. (Video via NASA)