Comet landing sites in context

Comet landing sites in context

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23/09/2016 4:30 pm

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CIVA: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA; NAVCAM: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0; OSIRIS: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA; ROLIS: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

Description

Rosetta’s planned impact point in Ma’at shown in context with Philae’s first and final touchdown sites. All three sites are on the smaller of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko’s two lobes.

Insets show close-up details of the three sites. Philae’s first touchdown in Agilkia was captured by the lander’s descent camera ROLIS; the image shown here was taken from a height of just 9 m above the surface on 12 November 2014, and has a resolution of 0.95 cm/pixel. The view at Philae’s final touchdown site, known as Abydos, was taken by the lander’s CIVA camera on 13 November 2014; the image shown here is a two-image mosaic, and includes one of the lander’s feet.

Rosetta is destined to make a controlled impact into the Ma’at region of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016, targeting a point within a 700 x 500 m ellipse (a very approximate outline is marked on the image). The inset was taken with Rosetta’s Navigation Camera on 13 October 2014 from a distance of 16.8 km; the full frame original image can be found in the Archive Image Browser.

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