The groundbreaking Rosetta mission, which helped unravel some of the secrets of the comets, ended two years ago with a bang – in the truest sense of the word, as the spaceship after 12 years of collecting unique data and footage on the famous comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko crashed.
But his legacy remains in the abundance of snapshots that Rosetta's optical, spectroscopic, and infrared remote imaging system (OSIRIS), which was taken during his long mission and in the coming years even more secrets from outer space will reveal.
As reported Inquisitr the spaceship descended toward comet 67P, walking pace and continued to gather data until its last moments.
These images, showing the latest sights Rosetta saw before dying in the early morning hours of September 30, 201
The Rosetta images discovered on June 21 show a period from the end of July 2016 to the end of the year, the last seconds before the end of the mission.
ORISIS chief researcher Holger Sierks was pleased to announce the release of this last series of high-resolution photos and was pleased that the material is finally here for everyone.
"It's a wonderful feeling to have archived all the pictures to share them with the world."
One of the biggest snapshots is spectacular views of the comet 67P, revealing Rosetta's frantic search for his Philae lander, who became the first spacecraft ever to land on a comet in 2014, racing through space at dizzying speeds.
The OSIRIS photo below shows the landing of the Philae as "waving" as one of its three legs protrudes "behind an obsc, showing the difficulty of discovering the lander on the chaotic surface of the comet," notes the ESA.
More amazing shots of the OSIRIS camera show how the comet 67P looks up close.
For example, the photo of September 2, 2016 was taken from a distance of only 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) from the surface of the comet.
All pictures are now available in the ESA online archive. For a quick glimpse of what to expect, watch the video released the same day by the Space Agency and put together Rosetta's latest images.
Show some of the best moments recorded towards the end of the mission. The ESA video shows what happened during the last hours of Rosetta, documents his descent to Comet 67P and reveals the final resting place of the spaceship.
The big surprise of the ESA photo shoot is that it has succeeded in reconstructing the final frame of the camera that was not even recognized as an actual image.
At the end of the video, this absolutely last OSIRIS photo was assembled from three packets of telemetry data that yield a partial image, Notes Astronomy Now .
According to ESA, Rosetta beamed the data packets as they approached Comet 67P, located 20 meters from its surface.
During his 12-year journey through space, Rosetta has returned nearly 100,000 photos, not just of the comet 67P – which made headlines in April, when a dazzling GIF from OSIRIS images showed a "blizzard" on the surface of the comet Inquisitr reports at that time – but also from Earth, Mars and two asteroids.
"The last few images complement the rich treasure chest of data that the scientific community is already deepening to truly understand this comet from all perspectives – not just images, but also the gas, dust and plasma angles – and to explore the role of comets in general in our ideas of solar system formation, "said Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project Scientist at ESA. "There are certainly many secrets, and much more to discover."