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Comet 67P/C-G from 9 m - ROLIS

Comet 67P/C-G from 9 m - ROLIS

Date: 30 July 2015
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Agilkia landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

This image was taken by Philae's ROsetta Lander Imaging System, ROLIS 9 m above the Agilkia landing site on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was acquired at 15:33:58 GMT on 12 November 2014. The image measures 9.7 m across and the image scale is 0.95 cm/pixel. Part of Philae's landing gear can be seen in the top corners.

This detailed image reveals the granular texture of the comet's surface down to the cm scale, with fragments of material of diverse shapes and random orientations seen in clusters or alone. The regolith in this region is thought to extend to a depth of 2 m in places, but seems to be free from very fine-grained dust deposits at the resolution of the images.

Watch an animation of the descent images here.

More images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can be found in the '67P - by Rosetta' collection.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
22-Jun-2024 00:57 UT

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