Comet Cliffs

cometcliffs_rosetta_960These high cliffs occur on the surface of a comet. They were discovered to be part of the dark nucleus of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko by Rosetta, the ESA spacecraft orbiting the comet since early August. These ragged cliffs were imaged by the spacecraft about two weeks ago. Although towering about one kilometer high, the low surface gravity of Comet CG would likely make a jump from the cliffs survivable. At the foot of the cliffs is relatively smooth terrain dotted with boulders as large as 20 meters across.

Image Credit: ESA

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