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Rosetta spacecraft snaps incredible images of comet's surface

Rosetta spacecraft sends back some of the most detailed images of a comet's surface ever seen
By: Shane McGlaun | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:10 pm

If you find space to be an interesting place and have ever wondered what the surface of a comet actually looked like, the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared some images from the Rosetta spacecraft. The images are of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta after arriving at its target only about a week ago.




The ESA even generated a 3D image that can be viewed with old-school red and blue 3D glasses. The photos were taken when the spacecraft was about 65 miles away from the comet.


These photos are very interesting and show lots of craters, boulders, and other surface features. Some of the most interesting surface features seen in the photos are several very smooth areas. Rosetta will continue its triangular orbit around the comet for the next few weeks as it gets ready to send its lander to the surface of the comet.


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