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Rosetta is no more. On September 30, the orbiter touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and immediately shut down, bringing an end to the mission.
The landing site has been dubbed Sais, the ancient Egyptian town believed to be the original home of the Rosetta stone, after which the mission is named.
Confirmation came from a planned loss of radio signal from the spacecraft. Onboard computers were programmed to shut down when Rosetta hit the comet. The spacecraft approached the comet at just a few kilometers per hour, but the probe wasn’t designed for landings and was probably damaged.
Mission scientists will continue to keep busy analyzing all the data sent back before touchdown.