LISA Pathfinder: Mission complete

Yesterday the European Space Agency (ESA) sent the last commands to LISA Pathfinder, the mission that proved the key technologies to detect gravitational waves from space, opening a new era for the study of our Universe.
Last Commands

The last command to LISA Pathfinder was sent at 19:57 CEST. Stefano Vitale, LISA Pathfinder Principal Investigator, sent the final instructions to the spacecraft, which demonstrated the key technologies that could be used on a next mission to detect gravitational waves.

 “The mission has been outstanding from every aspect, from the operations to the hardware development. It’s just been a wonderful journey,” said Paul McNamara, LISA Pathfinder Project Scientist.

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