We talk with Prof. Dr. Tilman Spohn from the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, which participated in the development of three key instruments for the mission.
After three and a half years of flight, the Hayabusa2 probe will reach the asteroid Ryugu. Its task: Collect asteroid dust. The German landing device MASCOT is also on board. It's due to land on Ryugu in October.
An American spacecraft, laden with European gear, will be the first to study the deep interior of Mars. InSight will give us a better understanding of how rocky, terrestiral planets like our own formed.
Rosetta's trip has lasted more than 12 years. It will come to an end Friday in a spectacular (and calculated) crash landing on comet Chury, using the fatal plunge to gather one last batch of data.
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