The last few hours of the Rosetta Satellite will be a sacrifice to science.

The minibus sized sate, which has been recording and relaying important science data.Back to Earth for the last 12 years. Has reached end of life. Has it heads away from the Sun, it generates less and less energy from the inboard solar cells.

Rather than lettering Rosetta drift gracefully off into the darkness, as a lifeless tin can. The European Space Agency,  will instruct Rosetta in to a controlled head on collision with the comet P67. Which Rosetta has been investigating. 

As the satellite slowly ‘falls’. It will return back more detailed, closer images. Before the signal is lost.

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