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ESA shares incredible video of Rosetta space probe’s thrilling descent into comet

by Brandon Russell | June 24, 2018June 24, 2018 8:00 am EST

In September 2016, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Probe crash-landed onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, concluding a triumphant 10-year mission. Now, the ESA has shared an incredible video that shows the probe’s own grave on the Martian rock.

The series of images reveals a harsh and unwelcome environment full of jagged rocks. It’s a lonely place to die, to be sure, but beautiful in a way.

Here’s what the ESA had to say about the video:

As it moved closer towards the surface it scanned across an ancient pit and sent back images showing what would become its final resting place.

In addition to sharing Rosetta’s final images, the ESA has also released the complete archive of pictures taken by the intrepid probe. Over its lifetime, Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera snapped nearly 100,000 images, which anyone can now look through.

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