Rosetta’s digital camera takes the primary colour picture of its comet
For those who thought the comet the place Philae just lately touched down (a number of occasions) was metal grey in shade, we have got information for you — it is truly a juicy pink-brown. Regardless of the success of the orbiting Rosetta probe, it launched in 2004 so its digital camera does not have the newest tech. In consequence, all photographs of the Manhattan-sized rock have been strictly grey-scale up to now. However an upcoming analysis paper has revealed new photographs utilizing the complete spectrum of Rosetta’s OSIRIS Slender Angle Digital camera. The picture seems blurry as a result of every colour slice was shot from a barely totally different angle as Rosetta transited across the comet.
As identified by Sploid, Rosetta used the identical digital camera to take a beautiful picture of Mars when it slingshot previous the pink planet on its method to Comet 67P. The authors of the paper (from ESA and German Aerospace middle) stated that they will additionally launch greater-decision, albeit darker pictures on December 18th. In the meantime, Reddit consumer IG-ninety four cleaned up the picture in Photoshop as proven under.