Concerns over ESA’s Data Release Policy Amidst Rosetta Comet Landing
Artist’s concept of the Rosetta mission’s Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Image Credit: ESA
This week, history was made as the Rosetta mission’s Philae lander touched down on the surface of 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko. Days before this momentous event took place, the science team presented some staggering pictures of the comet at a planetary conference in Tuscon, Arizona, where guests were treated to the first color images taken by the spacecraft’s high-resolution camera.
Unfortunately for millions of space enthusiasts around the world, none of these exciting images were released to the public. In addition, much of the images taken of the comet over the past few months as Rosetta closed in on it have similarly not been released. This has led to demands for more openness, which in turn has focused attention on ESA’s image and data release policy.(…)
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