ROSETTA'S wild 12-year ride across our solar system and orbit around a comet has come to an end.

After spending 12 lonely years traversing the solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft is set to send its last transmissions home.

The three-tonne orbiter, Rosetta, and on board lander, Philae, set out from Earth in March 2004 on a mission to discover what comets could teach us about the early days of the solar system.

The mission marked the first time a spacecraft had entered orbit around a comet and sent a lander to touch down on the surface.

It will officially end on Friday when Rosetta comes to a rest a few kilometres from the ill-fated Philae lander on the charmingly named comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Read more at ABC News Online



Man hospitalised after suspect encounter with deadly animal

Man hospitalised after suspect encounter with deadly animal

There is no known antidote for this sting.

86 jobs in the Gladstone region you can apply for right now

86 jobs in the Gladstone region you can apply for right now

Cr Cindi Bush has compiled a list of job opportunities.

Gladstone rental vacancy rates at lowest point in 3 years

Gladstone rental vacancy rates at lowest point in 3 years

It's the latest in a series of figures pointing to a turnaround.

Local Partners