Animation of a series of astronomical images that include Comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
made by ESO telescope (first image) and by Rosetta's OSIRIS imaging system (all other images).
Credits: ESA 2011 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
The final command placing ESA's Rosetta comet-chaser into deep-space hibernation was sent earlier today. With virtually all systems shut down, the probe will now coast for 31 months until waking up in 2014 for arrival at its comet destination. (read more)