The Massive Image: Rosetta will get up shut and private with a comet

The Big Picture: Rosetta gets up close and personal with a comet

Thought the Rosetta probe’s earlier comet snapshots have been particular? They do not have a patch on its newest photograph session. The ESA spacecraft went on its first devoted shut flyby of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this weekend, and the pictures it captured have revealed an entire new degree of element. The image you see above was taken a mere 5.5 miles above the comet’s floor, and exhibits how the panorama varies wildly over brief distances. You will see every thing from comparatively clean plains to fractured hills in a span of simply zero.eight miles — in contrast to a planet, there is no vital gravity (or many different elements, for that matter) to form the terrain. You’ll want to savor this imagery when you can, by the best way. Rosetta’s subsequent objective is to get an extended-vary shot from 158 miles out, so you will not be getting extra shut-ups any time quickly.

[Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM]

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