Rosetta’s Comet Sparkles with Ice, Blows Dust From Sinkholes
Bright patches in Comet 67P/C-G’s Khepry region appear to be exposed water ice. Scale bar is 50 meters or 164 feet. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Comet 67P/C-G may be tiny at just 2.5 miles (4 km) across, but its diverse landscapes and the processes that shape astound. To say that nature packs a lot into small packages is an understatement.
In newly-released images taken by Rosetta’s high-resolution OSIRIS science camera, the comet almost seems alive. Sunlight glints off icy boulders and pancaking sinkholes blast geysers of dust into the surrounding coma. (…)
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