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Surprising rare photos of spaceship before it hit comet revealed

Surprising rare photos of spaceship before it hit comet revealed”

The probe, which ended its 12-year mission on 30 September 2016, transmitted scientific data and a blurry image of the comet's surface before colliding on its surface.

A year after Rosetta spacecraft has crashed into the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared a hidden image from spacecraft before it struck a comet.

Nearly a year after European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft intentionally crashed into Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists have discovered its last image which was taken moments before its 12-year-long journey came to an end. But after analysing the spacecraft's final transmission, they actually uncovered one more image - a blurred photo captured a few feet away from the comet's surface.

However, Rosetta camera team unexpectedly found another image data and was able to reconstruct it.

The last photo came into existence has incomplete layers which mean that Rosetta disintegrated pictures into six telemetry packets before sending the final image back to Earth.

"The last complete image transmitted from Rosetta was the final one that we saw arriving back on Earth in one piece moments before the touchdown at Sais", says Holger Sierks, principal investigator for the OSIRIS camera at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany. This final image is not complete - only three telemetry packages were received. In the case of the last images taken before touchdown, the image data, corresponding to 23 048 bytes per image, were split into six packets.

Rosetta's final picture failed to make it through control room on Earth, as the transmission was interrupted halfway through, ESA officials said in a statement. But, due to diminishing solar power, scientists made a decision to end the decade-long journey by assigning Rosetta a suicide mission - crash-landing on the comet's surface.



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