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Rosetta crash lands on comet, brings historic mission to an end

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Space Agency said the Rosetta spacecraft has crash-landed on a comet after an historic 12 years spent chasing it across more than 6 billion kilometers of space. Scientists at the control center in Darmstadt clapped as hugged after screens showed the loss of signal as Rosetta touched down on the comet. "Thank you Rosetta," ESA Director General Jan Woerner tweeted after the landing was confirmed. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Michael Nienaber)


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Schedule of Nobel Prize 2016 announcements

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's annual crop of Nobel Prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace is announced in the coming days, beginning with the medicine prize. Oct. 3 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (announced in Stockholm at 0930 GMT at the earliest) Oct. 4 Nobel Prize in Physics (announced in Stockholm at 0945 GMT at the earliest) Oct. 5 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (announced in Stockholm at 0945 GMT at the earliest) Oct. 7 Nobel Peace Prize (announced in Oslo at 0900 GMT) Oct. ...

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Rosetta spacecraft sent to crash on comet its has been chasing

By Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - The Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the end of its historic, 12-year comet chase, slowly falling towards the surface of the dusty, icy body in a mission that has provided insight into the early days of the solar system and captured the public's imagination. The spacecraft has stalked comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko across more than 6 billion km (3.7 billion miles) of space, collecting a treasure trove of information on comets that will keep scientists busy for the next decade. On Friday morning, the European Space Agency said the "collision maneuver" started last night was on track and the point of no return had been reached, putting Rosetta on course to crash into the comet at 1038 GMT (6.38 a.m. ET).


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