Goodbye, Rosetta and thank you!

Thursday, 13 October, 2016

The Rosetta space mission, which aimed to provide a better understanding of how our solar system was formed, by analysing the Churyumov-Gerasimenko or "67P" comet, ended in early October with the controlled impact between the Rosetta spacecraft and the comet.  Not only was this a great scientific success, revealing more about the mysteries of the creation of the planets, but it also generated unprecedented passion among the general public as the mission progressed over two years. The French space agency, CNES, in Toulouse played a key role, especially with Philae, Rosetta's lander. “Beyond the major scientific insights from the mission, which will continue to be analysed for a long time to come, this was also an extraordinary human and technical adventure for all, and I would like to congratulate everyone, throughout Europe and the rest of the world, who worked towards this outstanding success!" exclaimed Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President, about the conclusion of the Rosetta mission.