The Rosetta spacecraft performed its final task on Friday, Sept. 30, crashing onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ending an enormously successful mission after more than two years of unprecedented close-range observations.
The agency said Friday that it lost contact with the Rosetta probe after it hit the surface of the comet.
“Farewell Rosettta, you’ve done the job,” said mission manager Patrick Martin. “That is space science at its best.”
Because of the distance between the comet and Earth, confirmation of the impact took about 40 minutes to reach Earth.
After confirmation that Rosetta had landed, the mission controllers sent out a simple tweet in many languages, just saying: “Mission complete.”