In two weeks, the European Space Agency will crash-land its prized Rosetta spacecraft, marking a dramatic end to the whirlwind two-year science mission that saw humanity s first-ever comet landing.
It ll be 48 action-packed hours as Rosetta descends to its ultimate resting place on Comet 67P — and to get you properly excited for that event, we wanted to share the fascinating reason this site was chosen.
Recently, the European Space Agency released images of the Rosetta spacecraft s planned impact site, located near the top of Comet 67P s smaller lobe.
The site has been named Ma at after the ancient Egyptian goddess of harmony, balance, and order — perhaps in the hope that Rosetta s slow-motion crash-landing will channel some of these qualities.
A more accurate name for this region might have been Mordor.
But the very same features that give Rosetta s landing pad a frightening appearance also make it a scientific gold mine.