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NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km - 1

NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km - 1

Date: 10 November 2014
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko
Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

This image showcases one of the many pits seen on the surface of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Pits like these are thought to be where gas vents into space from the porous subsurface, carrying with it dusty grains of comet material. Scientists are keen to learn the role of this pit – and others – in the development of the comet’s activity, as it gets ever closer to the Sun.

This single-frame NAVCAM image measures 1024 x 1024 pixels. It was captured from a distance of 9.8 km from the centre of the comet (about 7.8 km from the surface) at 14:08 GMT on 22 October 2014. At this distance, the image resolution is 83.6 cm/pixel and the size of the image is 856 x 856 m.

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Last Update: 1 September 2019
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