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Ten new Rosetta images that reveal comet 67P in all its glory

Ten new Rosetta images that reveal comet 67P in all its glory | Epic pics | Scoop.it

In August 2014, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Once in orbit, it swooped as low as 10 kilometers to get unprecedented data from the comet (and to drop off its short-lived Philae lander). Today, Science is publishing a suite of new papers detailing some of the mission’s first findings, including discoveries from Rosetta’s main science camera, OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System). Images like these reveal 67P to be a far more diverse place than anyone expected.

1. Crazy quilt, with a history

Mission scientists have assigned ancient Egyptian names to the different surface regions of the duck-shaped comet. Two regions on the “wings” of the duck—Aten and Anubis—are smooth and contain depressions that may mark sites where the comet shed large chunks of material in the geologically recent past.


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