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NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km - 3

NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km - 3


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

This scene features the boulder named Cheops, the largest and brightest boulder towards the top left of the image. It measures about 45 m across and 25 m high. Cheops and the surrounding cluster of boulders reminded scientists of the famous pyramids at Giza near Cairo in Egypt, and so it was named for the largest of those pyramids, the Great Pyramid, which was built as a tomb for the pharaoh Cheops around 2550 BC.

Another large boulder lies towards the bottom of this frame and is surrounded by many smaller boulders that seem to be appearing from beneath the smooth, dusty material that dominates this scene. The smooth region extends to the top right of this frame, where rougher terrain appears to be exposed beneath it. 

This single-frame NAVCAM image measures 1024 x 1024 pixels. It was captured from a distance of 9.8 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (about 7.8 km from the surface) at 18:22 GMT on 23 October 2014. At this distance, the image resolution is 83.4 cm/pixel and the size of the image is 854 x 854 m. This scene is located on the lower side of the larger comet lobe.

 
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Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Nov-2021 23:08 UT

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