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We decided to end the mission now to basically utilise the spacecraft when it had its optimum capability. I would use the analogy of a rock band from the 60s or 70s: we know there are some of them now that still go on tour and they can't sing anymore, their rheumatism may prevent them from playing their instruments that well, so what we want to do is with the rock star that is Rosetta, put it down when it's at maximum capability.
Sep 28 2016
Matt Taylor has been quoted 16 times. The one recent article where Matt Taylor has been quoted is Rosetta heads for glorious crash-landing. Most recently, Matt Taylor was quoted as having said, “The scenario we now have, this ballistic plunge from about 20 kilometres above the comet right down to the surface, is fantastic. It gives us this unique profile of what the coma, the outer atmosphere of the comet, looks like, right down to the surface. That's probing something we've never probed before.”.
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Rosetta has something that I feel that no other mission has. I can't really describe it. I work on it, I live the mission, a little bit too much from my family's point of view. There's something about the comet, there's something about this alien landscape that's going to evolve in time, and the fact that we are so far away, we are over 500 million kilometres away, it takes light half an hour to get there.

Science isn't instantaneous, you have to make sure your decimal point is in the right place, for instance. Soon in the next few weeks we should get some of these results out from our first impressions of the comet and targeting some of the big questions that we posed that are why we're there in the first place.

What I am looking forward to with Rosetta with its journey with the comet is to understand how comets work in general. For me that's the fundamental aim of this mission. By rendezvousing and riding alongside the comet as it goes through Perihelia next year. Close as it approaches the Sun and back out again. We will observe changes in the comet, changes in activity.

Naively I could say, Well we want a nice flat place to land', but that could indicate that there is a lot of fast turning over evolution of that surface, that it actually might be fluid in nature, so you don't want to land on it because it might be evolving on quite short timescales. So, it's all that to consider at the moment.

This year we're also looking to identify where that lander will go down, where's the best point to put that lander.

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