Rosetta spacecraft crashes onto target comet

  • 01/10/2016
Rosetta space probe (Getty)
Rosetta space probe (Getty)

After 12 years spent chasing a comet across more than 6 billion kilometres of space, the Rosetta spacecraft has crash-landed on the flying rock, the European Space Agency has announced.

Scientists at the control centre in Darmstadt clapped and hugged after screens showed the loss of signal as Rosetta touched down on the comet.

"Thank you Rosetta," ESA Director General Jan Woerner tweeted after the landing was confirmed.