Boulders, cliffs, craters and smooth plains stand out in striking detail in this photo taken from only 81 miles (137 km) away. All photos credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
I know I’ve said this before, but WOW! I’ll step out of the way so you can enjoy these spectacular photos taken today when the Rosetta spacecraft arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Congratulations to all those at the European Space Agency (ESA) for a fantastic job!
Full view of the comet’s nucleus shows amazing details. Come November, ESA will land the small probe Philae on the comet.
Another full view of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Here the comet is overexposed to capture vaporizing ice and gases jetting away from the nucleus.
An ‘in your face’ close-up taken from 75 miles (120 km) away. Click photo to watch a 101-image animation of the comet during Rosetta’s approach.
Rosetta Mission main control room this morning August 6. Credit: S. Bierwald
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