A 3-D image from the Rosetta spacecraft showing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and its boulder-strewn 'neck' region. Also visible is an exposed cliff face and numerous crater-like depressions. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.

Rosetta’s Comet, Now in 3-D

14 Aug , 2014

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You always have a pair of those cardboard red-blue 3-D glasses by your desk, right? Well, grab them and take a look at this view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, just out from the Rosetta mission team. It almost feels like you’re right there with the spacecraft.

Notice the cliffs (see the exposed layers there?), boulders and depressions. The 3-D image was created using two images (you can see the two images here at the ESA blog) They were both taken on 7 August 2014, from a distance of 104 kilometres through the orange filter of the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera. ESA says the two images are separated by 17 minutes and the exposure time is 138 milliseconds.

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Aqua4U
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August 14, 2014 5:21 PM

WOW! Yes.. there ARE impact compression faults(?) visible AND craters AND sublimation Pits! Nice! Looks great in 3D too! So cool…. thanks Nancy.. updates appreciated and expected (Of course!).

2stepbay
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2stepbay
August 15, 2014 2:44 AM

My o my…those are some steep cliff walls. Must be quite the sight on the surface of that depression looking up at the ridge line.

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