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Profile of a primordial comet

Profile of a primordial comet


Date: 28 July 2016
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Evidence that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is composed of ancient material preserved from the formation of the early Solar System and that came together under low speed. The evidence collected by Rosetta lies in the comet's structural properties, the gases detected leaving the nucleus, and observations of surface features.

Credits: Centre: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0; Insets: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA; Fornasier et al. (2015); ESA/Rosetta/MPS for COSIMA Team MPS/CSNSM/UNIBW/TUORLA/IWF/IAS/ESA/BUW/MPE/LPC2E/LCM/FMI/UTU/LISA/UOFC/vH&S; Langevin et al. (2016)

Last Update: 1 September 2019
30-Nov-2021 14:20 UT

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