Posted on 04/05/2016 by emily
OSIRIS data release: close orbits and lander delivery
An Archive Science Review was successfully held in February resulting the need for some improvements in the data and metadata being delivered by the Rosetta instruments, some of which have been taken into account in this OSIRIS release.
The release covers the period 16 September – 19 December 2014 and includes narrow- and wide-angle camera images from Rosetta’s close observation phase when the spacecraft was just 8 km from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as well as pre- and post-landing imagery.
They show the astonishing detail of the comet surface at close range, including images used to help characterise Philae’s landing site at Agilkia.
The image set also includes incredible views of Philae drifting across the surface of the comet on 12 November 2014 as it approached Agilkia and then bounced out of view. One example is shown below – can you spot Philae? (Hint: check against the image mosaic of Philae’s journey across the surface released after landing here).