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The European Space Agency was set to crash its Rosetta space probe into comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the final stage of its 12-year research mission at 12.18pm BST today (7:18am EDT). The 19km descent from orbit was to end with a walking pace impact but Rosetta is not designed for landing and is not expected to survive. …

  1. graeme leggett

    "The European Space Agency is set to crash its Rosetta space probe...at 12.18pm BST today (7:18am EDT)."

    Isn't that the time the signal reaches us, it will have actually reached surface about 40 mins earlier, around 11:39 BST

  2. imanidiot Silver badge

    So long Rosetta

    And thanks for all the fish data.

    Ofcourse also congrats on the Rosetta design, build and flight teams for a job done very well indeed.

    Too bad I'm stuck at work and unable to watch. --> I'll have one this evening to commemorate.

  3. Anon
    Pint

    Status: food

    It's a hungry little probe, isn't it?

    NOM NOM NOM

    NOM NOM

  4. JimmyPage
    Thumb Up

    Just seen the signal die

    anyone else feel rather teary-eyed ?

  5. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

    Applause

    Watching the live stream and saw the telemetry data appear to drop off and everyone started applauding - presumably that was the moment of impact. I wish I could get a round of applause and high-fives all round every time something I worked on crashed catasrophically.

    1. Simon Harris

      Re: Applause

      Only if you can crash it into a rock half a billion miles away.

    2. Captain Scarlet
      Unhappy

      Re: Applause

      "I wish I could get a round of applause and high-fives all round every time something I worked on crashed catastrophically"

      Its the opposite of Applause, its people screaming we're Doomed and a large pack of people going when will it be fixed interrupting you in the process.

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: The Oppisite Of Applause

        We really need a word for this. Suggestions, anyone?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: The Opposite Of Applause

          Sarcasticlap?

      2. Stevie

        Re: Applause

        Rosetta's awareness flickered like a match in a high wind, then brightened. Machine sentience was finally a realit

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Applause

      I find it rather strange this obsession with deliberately crashing space probes into other bits of the solar system, especially when there is nothing there to record what happens.

      1. VinceH

        Re: Applause

        At that moment, 67P woke up and thought "Why the hell are the idiots on that little planet throwing things at me? Well, live by the sword, die by the sword..."

        And changed direction.

        1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

          Re: Applause

          At that moment, 67P woke up and thought "Why the hell are the idiots on that little planet throwing things at me? Well, live by the sword, die by the sword..."

          And changed direction.

          Nooooo! Of all the ludicrous things the human race has done, surely even we don't deserve to be wiped out by a giant space duck?

    4. phuzz Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Applause

      XKCD has the explanation for the applause.

  6. The Jon

    Have you been involved in an accident that wasn't your fault?

    Now you mention it, yes, my neck is a little sore.

    Yes, and so are those of the 4 passengers who were also involved.

  7. harmjschoonhoven
  8. Dwarf Silver badge

    Contaminant detected

    Fantastic science

    I'm just left wondering if some little robot somewhere has just come out of its little chamber and said Foreign Contaminant

    1. Blofeld's Cat Silver badge
      Alien

      Re: Contaminant detected

      My first thought was "I wonder what the Clangers will make of that?".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Contaminant detected

        and how many people started whistling after your comment.

        1. Laura Kerr

          "how many people started whistling"

          Bugger. I did!

  9. Florida1920
    Pint

    We're saved

    Brave Rosetta, gave its life to save Mankind. I saw it on the Web: http://xkcd.com/1740/

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "We doubt it missed its target."

    I wonder how many times it bounced?

  11. bon_the_one

    Mission End

    After years of work and some amazing science, the team can rightly be amazingly proud. I thank them for some amazing work, utterly amazing.

    Now I wish I could be a fly on the wall at their local job centre come Monday...

  12. Stevie

    Bah!

    Did they have time to activate the "Yehaa!" radio beacon?

  13. Captain DaFt

    "walking pace impact"

    Judging from videos of iDiots walking into sign and lamp posts, that had to sting!

  14. ultrastarx1

    116,000 images in 2 n a half years

    shame on you

    the mrs beat that just on baby pics with her I of things

    oh wow, how excellent does babys vom look in sepia

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