CometWatch – 11 August

Rosetta navigation camera (NAVCAM) image taken on 11 August 2014 at about 102 km from comet 67P/C-G.

Full-frame NAVCAM image taken on 11 August 2014 from a distance of about 102 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Full-frame NAVCAM image taken on 11 August 2014 from a distance of about 102 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

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12 Comments

  • Pedro says:

    AWESOME! Can you measure distance with 1-km-precision?

  • Maksim says:

    Dear Rosetta team, please take an RGB filtered image of the comet with OSIRIS camera. We’d love to see this comet in its true colour! 🙂

  • Francis Fitz. says:

    Very interesting. I wonder what the radio lag is?

  • Graham Blake says:

    Hi. This blog is great. I would like to see this type of reporting for all space missions.

    But the team seems to be very busy, understandably, at this critical point in the mission.

    Us spectators are beginning to feel left out.
    There must be a lot of action at this time.

    Thanks for the updates.
    Graham

  • DexGypMom says:

    I can’t wait for the “new & improved” definition of a comet. No longer just a dirty snowball, 67P will challenge currently published comet descriptions with the aid of Rosetta and the Philae Lander. It must be so exciting working on this project at ESA right now and more so after deployment!!

    • Dave Higgins says:

      I agree, the comet this comet and the other Comet/asteroid pictures show something far different from current theory.
      The ramifications for how the comet and therefore how the solar system formed will be significant. Great news for the scientists though if they have to break a completely new theory of comets and more.

  • raymundo dionicio says:

    If you inverse your mind,
    (like the trick of the inverse of a mask)
    Then it looks like a pile of lichen layers.
    ….
    The limits of the 2D mind.
    🙂

    On seeing this way
    They are two fragments
    which impacted and fused.

  • raymundo dionicio says:

    Does NAVCAM have an algorithm
    to take stereoscopic snapshots?

  • Dave Higgins says:

    Nice use of shadow to show features, those large craters can not possibly be formed by impact. just look at the thin side on the crater at the center of the thick lobe. Are there any more details you can give as you get closer temperature map, composition, magnetic field straight, electrical charge etc. Looking forward to some close pictures

  • Eddy says:

    That (bright) star just above the comet is that the sun?

  • Jacint Roger says:

    Sun seem’s to be oposite to that point ¿isn’t it? I mean, comet apers iluminated frontal more or less…. I’m also talking about this point and another on its left side in this astronautic web http://foro.sondasespaciales.com/index.php?topic=2789.msg121014;topicseen#new

  • Brian Deschene says:

    I assume the Sun would be behind Rosetta in order for 67P to be illuminated to be seen in the picture.

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