ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of Comet Surface and Philae Landing

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 - 10:43AM
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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 - 10:43AM
ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of Comet Surface and Philae Landing
After Philae's historic but ill-fated comet landing last November, ESA spacecraft Rosetta has sent back a whopping 1776 images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which shed more light on the mysterious landscape than ever before. 

ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of the Surface of a Comet

ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of the Surface of a Comet

The photos were taken between September 23 and November 21, 2014, but were just released by ESA this week. The pictures are unbelievably close to the center of the comet, with Rosetta's closest approach coming a mere 10 km from the center. The images give a clear picture of the comet's two-lobe structure, as well as an extremely varied topography that includes mountains, depressions, and more.

ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of the Surface of a Comet

ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of the Surface of a Comet

Rosetta also released new photos of the Philae landing itself, which ESA combined into this animation:

ESA's Rosetta Releases New Photos of the Surface of a Comet
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