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This is a big week for #Rosetta ! Read this article for details of how, when and where to follow the key moments online, starting with a review of the mission’s impressive haul of science highlights on 29 September. #cometlanding  
Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).
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#Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 01:20 GMT from an altitude of about 16 km above the surface during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September. #cometlanding

Details: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_from_16_km

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
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+Bruce Elliott...and they seem to be real - with a slight elongation in the 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock direction. Radiation glitches in the CCD wouldn't show that.
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An image taken today at 11:49 GMT, by #Rosetta's OSIRIS wide-angle camera when the spacecraft was 22.9 km from #Comet #67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Tomorrow, 30 September, Rosetta will make a slow descent to land on the surface of the comet. #CometLanding  

Details: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_on_29_September_2016_OSIRIS_wide-angle_camera

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
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In 2014, shortly after #Rosetta arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the magnetometer on the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC) suite of instruments, RPC-Mag, detected some surprising oscillations in the plasma surrounding the nucleus, revealing the comet's mysterious “song”.

Now, after two years of monitoring the plasma around the comet, the RPC team present a new song based on data collected during the entire mission, describing the comet's evolution from the point of view of Rosetta's magnetometer. #cometlanding  
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While scientists and the public alike have been astounded by the unexpected shape of #comet #67P nucleus, what lies beneath the surface is just as important scientifically. #cometlanding  
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Slight delay, folks. #Rosetta science talks now  starting in 15 minutes - 12:45 GMT/14:45 CEST. Stay tuned here: http://rosetta.esa.int/
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One of the final images from #Rosetta's Navcam - taken on 30 September 2016 at 00:59 GMT, when Rosetta was 17.4 km from the centre of the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, about 15.4 km from the surface.

Details: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_from_17.4_km_NavCam

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
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What did Rosetta mean to you? Here's a selection of the great contributions that were posted to the #RosettaLegacy tumblr in the past few weeks.

And if you haven't shared your Rosetta story yet, there's still time until 7 October to contribute & win ESA prizes: http://rosetta-legacy.tumblr.com/
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Images from today's dedicated Science Talks celebrating the scientific highlights of the Rosetta mission, held at ESA's operations centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany on 29 September 2016.
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20 hours to go! Counting down to the end of the historic #Rosetta mission when the spacecraft will make a controlled descent to the surface of comet 67P/C-G on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST). #cometlanding  

Details: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/20_hours_to_go
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During today's science briefing at ESA's ESOC, Mohamed El-Maarry (University of Bern) presented a series of highlights about the landscape of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. #Rosetta   #cometlanding  
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+Anton Fosselius Yes. Tholins, UV-polymerized PAHs, the whole nine yards of Beilstein.

Comets (and P67) was no exception carry a host of organic (ie, carbon-N) molecules. 
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A surprise guest has been added to Sunday's Open Day at ESTEC, the Netherlands! German ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter will join our other announced astronauts. #OpenESTEC  

For the full programme, see: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/ESTEC/PROGRAMME_2016.pdf
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