Posted on 07/10/2016 by emily
Rosetta’s Earth ‘twin’ switched off
Just as the real Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission on the comet a week ago today, so this week Rosetta's 'twin', an engineering qualification model here on Earth, was also switched off.
The replica Rosetta had been used in the past decade to test and validate software and procedures before being uploaded to space. Switch-off was done by Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Manager Sylvain Lodiot on 6 Oct 2016, at ESOC.
This Flickr set records the occasion: https://www.flickr.com/photos/esa_events/sets/72157674885552235