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    The control room at the European Space Agency sea in Darmstadt, Germany, on Friday when Rosetta's mission was brought to end by crashing it into comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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    A monitor at the European Space Agency's ESOC mission control center shows the static received by the ground station a moment after Rosetta's radio signal disappeared at 13:19 CEST Friday. The loss of contact marked the end of operations, a bittersweet moment.

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    Flight director Andrea Accomazzo smiles in the control room at the European Space Agency ESA in Darmstadt, Germany, on Friday.

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    Rosetta’s OSIRIS wide-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from an altitude of about 15.5 km above the surface during the spacecraft’s final descent on Friday.

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    Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 10:14 GMT from an altitude of about 1.2 km during the spacecraft’s final descent on Friday.

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    This image captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera shows Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from an altitude of about 5.7 km during the spacecraft’s final descent on Friday.

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    The soft focus of this photo can be forgiven because it's probably Rosetta's last image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken shortly before impact, at an estimated altitude of 51 m above the surface. The image was taken with the OSIRIS wide-angle camera Friday.

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    A model of the orbiter Rosetta hangs from the ceiling in a conference room at the European Space Agency ESA in Darmstadt, Germany. Its mission ended Friday.

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