Not What We Expected

Rosetta_animatedThis animated sequence combines 36 interpolated images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, each separated by 20 minutes. This comet is the destination for the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. As the spacecraft is slowly approaching the comet, it’s proving to be full of surprises. These images obtained by OSIRIS, the onboard scientific imaging system, confirm the nucleus’s peculiar shape hinted at in earlier pictures. The comet’s nucleus consists of two distinctly separated parts. Comet 67P is very different from other comets spacecraft have encountered before.
Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

12 thoughts on “Not What We Expected


    • Kinda looks like a bid rotating foot … perhaps it will come here to lodge itself in a certain blob’s posterior? He does like the “butt-stuff” over-much.


  1. Wow – with that rate of rotation, I wonder what will happen when it starts toward the sun and gets a little warmer?


  2. Two objects that hit each other and stuck? Or some weird kind of erosion? (Is erosion even possible in space other than off-gassing that happens when comets heat up near a star?)


  3. looks rather like a stone version of the grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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