Science Channel will cover the end of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission with a special set to air on Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.
Death of a Comet: The Rosetta Mission will broadcast the same day the space probe is due to crash into Comet 67, the celestial body it was sent to study in 2004.
Ten years later, the probe began orbiting the comet and its lander vehicle Philae deployed, but did not land properly. The ESA subsequently lost contact with the lander, recently located it.
The program is being produced by Exploration Production Inc (EPI), which also produced the 2014 special Landing on a Comet – Rosetta Mission for Science Channel. Dr. Dan Riskin is hosting. Death of a Comet will capture Rosetta’s death crash and reveal the last bit of science it beams back to earth.
It will feature interviews with experts and scientists and engineers that worked on the mission, as well as photos of the comet and other information gleaned over the past two years including the discovery of organic molecules that many scientists believe could be the cause of how life evolved on earth.