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Rosetta Comet Spacecraft Is About to Plunge to Its Death

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | September 30, 2016 12:00am ET
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Europe's history-making Rosetta probe has just hours left to live.
At around 6:40 a.m. EDT (1040 GMT) today (Sept. 30), Rosetta is scheduled to crash-land intentionally on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ending the spacecraft's epic 12-year mission. You can watch this grand finale live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.

The Life and Death of the Rosetta Spacecraft: 2004 to 2016

By Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor | September 30, 2016 12:00am ET
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On Sept. 30, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will crash-land on the Comet 67P, ending a 12-year mission to study a comet like never before. Launched in 2004, the Rosetta spacecraft visited asteroids before arriving in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. In November of that year, Rosetta's lander Philae made a historic landing on Comet 67P - a major space feat.

'Ambition: Epilogue' Pays Tribute to Rosetta's Final Comet Days

By Ian O'Neill, Discovery News | September 29, 2016 11:30pm ET
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It can be hard to put some space missions into words. Though our robotic emissaries are built from metal and computer chips, their exploration of the solar system takes us on an emotional voyage. The satellites, probes, landers and rovers develop their own personalities as they observe and sample some of the most dangerous regions in our solar system.

Rosetta's Final Day: Scientists Await Comet Probe's Crash

By Megan Gannon, Space.com Contributor | September 29, 2016 05:47pm ET
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Europe's Rosetta spacecraft captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko in March 2015, from a distance of 53.3 miles (85.7 kilometers). Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM в─" CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
DARMSTADT, Germany - Investigators for the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission have learned to expect surprises.

Get ready for the Black Moon: Spooky-sounding sky event that only comes once every few years

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By Tristin Hopper September 29, 2016 3:10 PM
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A full moon seen on September 17, 2016 from Jerusalem. The black moon will look approximately the opposite of how the moon looks in this photo.
It will occur at precisely 8:11 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, September 30. Although, as the name suggests, it wonв─(tm)t really be visible. Itв─(tm)sВ the elusive в─°black moon,в─² the rare occurrence of a second new moon within a single calendar month.В

'Golden Record' Sent to Aliens Now Available on Earth

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | September 29, 2016 05:01pm ET
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A Kickstarter campaign recreated the golden records to make them available to the public for the first time ever. Credit: Lawrence Azerrad/Ozma Records
In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft that would venture far out into deep space, each carrying a golden record with a message from Earth for any aliens the vessels might encounter. Now, for the first time ever, that record will be available to people on Earth.

Science Channel to Pay Tribute to Rosetta Comet Mission Friday

By Calla Cofield, Space.com Staff Writer | September 29, 2016 03:00pm ET
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This Friday night (Sept. 30), the Science Channel will air a TV special about the Rosetta probe, which is set to crash into a comet that same day.
The two-part Rosetta spacecraft is designed to orbit and land on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. See how the Rosetta spacecraft works in this Space.com infographic. Credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Rosetta Probe Inspired Sci-Fi Short Returns With 'Ambition - Epilogue' | Video

By Steve Spaleta | September 29, 2016 03:26pm ET
Prior to the Rosetta mission's rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko, the sci-fi short film "Ambition," starring Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi , was released by the European Space Agency. "Ambition - Epilogue" concludes the film.
'Ambition': Rosetta Inspired Sci-Fi Short - Behind The Scenes Video
credit : European Space Agency (2016)
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The Golden Record in Pictures: Voyager Probes' Message to Space Explained

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | September 29, 2016 05:22pm ET
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Voyager's Golden Record
NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft launched in August and September 1977. Aboard each spacecraft is a golden record, a collection of sights, sounds and greetings from Earth. There are 117 images and greetings in 54 languages, with a variety of natural and human-made sounds like storms, volcanoes, rocket launches, airplanes and animals.
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Credit: NASA The Sounds of Earth

Thank You Rosetta! Probe Set To Execute Collision Maneuver | Video

By Steve Spaleta | September 29, 2016 01:35pm ET
After 12 years in space and incredible amounts of science delivered , ESA's Rosetta probe will execute its collision maneuver on Sept. 29, 2016, that will cause it to crash into Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko about 14 hours later (Sept. 30).
credit : Space.com / Imagery courtesy: ESA / edited by @SteveSpaleta
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