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    Under Orders, Rosetta Probe Plunges Into Comet

    Mission accomplished. After more than 12 years in space, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe finally went dark, hung up on its connection with Earth and touched down on comet 67P, which it spent a decade chasing and two years photographing and studying. The impact likely damaged the lander, but in any case Rosetta was under orders to shut down all its systems permanently. The final images and information sent back to Earth were taken just 50 feet from the comet’s surface, which one scientist on the project described as “very fluffy.”

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