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Comet 67P/C-G: Ma'at close-up

Comet 67P/C-G: Ma'at close-up


Date: 15 July 2015
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Close-up view of surface textures in the Ma'at region, close to the boundary with Maftet, on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In this boundary region the dust that dominates Ma'at seems to thin out towards Maftet, revealing rougher terrain below (for a context image, see here). In the section shown here the dust shows a pitted texture, which may suggest an ice-rich material that may be undergoing desiccation through sublimation.

The image is a crop from an image taken with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 19 October 2014 from a distance of 8 km from the comet's surface.

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

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Oct-2021 10:56 UT

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