Latest pictures from Rosetta


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August from a distance of 285 km.
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Close-up detail of comet 67P. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded 6 August. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right.
ESA/Rosetta/MPS
Stunning close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the ‘base’ of the ‘body’ section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded today, 6 August. The image clearly shows a range of features, including boulders, craters and steep cliffs. The image was taken from a distance of 130 km.
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In a foretaste of the images to come, the European Space Agency's Rosetta, the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet has sent back these images – a closer view of a comet than we have ever seen before.

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and Rosetta are 405 million kilometres from Earth, about half way between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars, rushing towards the inner Solar System at nearly 55 000 kph.

The comet is in an elliptical 6.5-year orbit that takes it from beyond Jupiter at its furthest point, to between the orbits of Mars and Earth at its closest to the Sun. Rosetta will accompany it for over a year as they swing around the Sun and back out towards Jupiter again.

  1. http://beta.cosmosmagazine.com/space/all-set-our-first-comet-landing
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