A note signed by the team and left on the main control room door at the European Space Operations Centre
said: "Farewell Rosetta!
Confirmation that the British spacecraft had parted company with Mars Express reached the Royal Geographical Society, in London, from a live link to the European Space Operations centre
, in Germany.
Confirmation that the spacecraft had separated was received at the European Space Operations Centre
(ESOC) in Darmstadt,Germany, at 11.12,UK time.
Major organization : EUROPEAN SPACE OPERATIONS CENTRE
"It is no surprise that this will happen, and when it does we will see the temperatures of all the instruments rise by several degrees within just a few hours," Micha Schmidt, the Herschel Mission Operations Manager at ESA's European Space Operations Centre
in Darmstadt, Germany said.
Contractor name : EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) THROUGH ITS ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE OPERATIONS CENTRE
A few hours later, Mars Express slewed to point its high-gain antenna toward Earth and began downlinking the precious information to the European Space Operations Centre
in Darmstadt, Germany, via the Agency's 35 m-diameter antenna in New Norcia, Australia.