September 12, 2014

Map of the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko showing in different colors the various morphological features (Image ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)

A group of scientists who are studying the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has created a map based on the analysis of surface images taken by the OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) instrument of the Rosetta space probe. The result is that the comet can be divided into different regions that have distinct physical appearancec. This map shows that it’s much more than a large rock mixed with ice.