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The missing link in our understanding of planet formation has been revealed by the first ever spacecraft to orbit and land on a comet, say German scientists.

After more than 12 years in space, and two years following Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as they orbited the Sun, Rosetta's historic mission concluded on 30 September 2016 with the spacecraft descending onto the comet in a region hosting several ancient pits.

ESA's historic Rosetta mission has concluded as planned, with the controlled impact onto the comet it had been investigating for more than two years

Squeezing out unique scientific observations until the very end, Rosetta's thrilling mission will culminate with a descent on 30 September towards a region of active pits on the comet's 'head'.

Philae Lander Found on Comet 67P

Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta's high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rosetta Captures Comet Outburst

In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.

This striking view of Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko reveals portions of both comet lobes, with dramatic shadows on the 'neck' region between them.

Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.

Rosetta's Comet Is Changing Color

Rosetta's comet has been seen changing color and brightness in front of the ESA orbiter's eyes, as the Sun's heat strips away the older surface to reveal fresher material.

Silent since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago, the Philae lander is facing conditions on Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko from which it is unlikely to recover.

Afternoon View On A Comet

This beautiful landscape feels within arm's reach in this stunning view across the Imhotep region on Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko.

Observations made shortly after Rosetta's arrival at its target comet in 2014 have provided definitive confirmation of the presence of water ice.

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence for a daily water-ice cycle on and near the surface of comets.

Imhotep Mosaic

Mosaic of six OSIRIS narrow-angle camera images of the geologically diverse Imhotep region on Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko.

Rosetta's investigations of its comet are continuing as the mission teams count down the last month to perihelion the closest point to the Sun along the comet's orbit when the comet's activity is expected to be at its highest.

The Philae lander communicated with the Rosetta orbiter again between 19:45 and 20:07 CEST on 9 July 2015 and transmitted measurement data from the COmet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radiowave Transmission (CONSERT) instrument.

Some of the dust jets emitted from Rosetta's comet can be traced back to active pits on its surface. They could be the remnants of collapsed cavities.

Using the high-resolution science camera on board ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, scientists have identified more than a hundred patches of water ice a few metres in size on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rosetta Mission Extended

The adventure continues: ESA today confirmed that its Rosetta mission will be extended until the end of September 2016, at which point the spacecraft will most likely be landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rosetta's lander Philae has woken up after seven months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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