After nearly 12 years in the space, the Rosetta Mission is finally about to end and the spacecraft is about to descend to Comet 67P on September 30.
The European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft successfully arrived at Comet 67P on August 6, 2014, becoming the first man-made probe to have ever landed on a comet.
Rosetta Mission Facts
Although the mission is about to end, scientists from the Open University, who have been the brains behind this exploration, have gathered enough information from the decade-long probe. Most of the information gathered by the lander has major significance in medical and health research, a report from Physics.org showed.
Data gathered from the mission have significance on cancer research and even getting rid of bed bugs.
Behind the success of the Rosetta Mission was the group of academics from OU and other research institutes, who built a mini research laboratory called the Ptolemy team. The team was headed by OU professor Dr. Geraint Morgan.
Legacies of Rosetta Mission
One of the promising applications of the information gathered from the mission is the efficient and faster diagnosis of prostate cancer.
“Missions like Rosetta really push the boundaries of science and engineering. It has been fantastic collaborating on the ESA Rosetta Mission and to apply the technology to change lives here on Earth,” Morgan was quoted as saying by the Physics.org.
According to a report from the European Space Agency, the lander will descent on Comet 67P’s region of active pits, particularly on the Comet’s ‘head’. ESA identified the area where the lander is expected to descend as Ma’at, which lies on the smaller of the two lobes of the same Comet.
“Although we’ve been flying Rosetta around the comet for two years now, keeping it operating safely for the final weeks of the mission in the unpredictable environment of this comet and so far from the Sun and Earth, will be our biggest challenge yet,” says Sylvain Lodiot, ESA’s spacecraft operations manager.