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Crash-landing ends Rosetta task

THE Rosetta spacecraft ended its historic mission yesterday, crashing on the surface of the dusty, icy comet it has spent 12 years chasing in a hunt 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 kilometers of space, collecting a treasure trove of information on comets that will keep scientists busy for the next decade.