Posted on 02/09/2016 by emily
CometWatch 22 August
This week’s CometWatch entry was taken with Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 22 August 2016, when the spacecraft was 6.8 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The average distance to the surface is about 5.6 km, and with an image scale of 0.5 m/pixel, the image measures about 500 m across.
The image shows part of the Ma’at region, close to where it transitions into Anuket and Hathor regions on the comet’s small lobe. It shows a beautiful contrast between smooth, dust covered surfaces, and rather angular outcropping terrain and scattered debris.
For more close-up images taken in the last week, be sure to check the OSIRIS image of the day website.
The original 1024 x 1024 pixel image is provided below: