A rare photo of the Rosetta spacecraft’s touchdown on comet 67P has been discovered by a NASA team
A photo of a NASA probe crashing to the comet 67p has been found in the solar system by an international team of researchers.
The Rosetta mission is set to land on the comet in August, landing on the surface of the comet’s nucleus to collect the comet sample that will be used to create the instruments for future missions.
The NASA Rosetta team was alerted to the photo on Wednesday, when the comet was in the path of a large comet that was moving at more than 30 kilometers per hour.
The researchers who took the image were looking for a bright spot in the comet that might be the spacecraft’s final resting place, according to a NASA news release.
The comet is currently about 6,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) from Earth.
The team discovered the image by studying the comet and the comet itself, the statement said.
Rosetta’s mission to the icy comet was first announced in 2006 and is the third spacecraft mission to visit the icy world.
Rosetta will carry out science experiments on the spacecraft.