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Icy clusters and individual boulders on Comet 67P/C-G

Icy clusters and individual boulders on Comet 67P/C-G


Date: 24 June 2015
Satellite: Rosetta
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Example of a cluster of bright spots on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko found in the Khepry region (top) and an individual boulder with bright patches on its surface in the Hatmehit region (bottom). The bright patches are thought to be exposures of water-ice.

In total, 120 bright areas like these were identified in images acquired during September 2014. Both images shown here are subsets of OSIRIS narrow-angle camera images taken on 30 September, when the spacecraft was about 20 km from the comet centre.

Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Oct-2021 18:28 UT

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