Final Set Of Images From Rosetta Mission Released

Posted: Jun 23 2018, 12:29pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 23 2018, 12:48pm CDT, in Latest Science News


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Final Set of Images from Rosetta Mission Released
Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this detailed view of Comet 67P on 2 September 2016 from a distance of just 2 kilometers from the surface. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team

The last release includes the iconic images of Rosetta's final descent to comet 67P

European Space Agency has released a final set of data from Rosetta's iconic mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The latest dataset contains very last images captured by Rosetta camera including the ones taken shortly before spacecraft’s suicide crash with comet's surface. The images were delivered by the OSIRIS camera team to ESA in May and reflect Rosetta's ever-changing view of Comet 67/P between late July 2016 and 30 September 2016.

With the last release, the process of data collection from Rosetta mission is completed and people will now have an immediate access to this incredible collection.

“Having all the images finally archived to be shared with the world is a wonderful feeling," said Holger Sierks, principal investigator of the camera. “We are also pleased to announce that all OSIRIS images are now available under a Creative Commons license."

ESA’s Rosetta mission was launched in 2004 and arrived at comet 67P a decade later after traveling more than six billion kilometers from Earth. In November 2014, the spacecraft dropped a robotic lander Philae on the comet's surface to further study its features. Rosetta was first mission ever to orbit a comet and to land a probe on its surface.

Rosetta continued to monitor comet 67p and deliver high-resolution images and data until its final descent in September 2016. The spacecraft has beamed back nearly 100,000 images from the narrow- and wide-angle cameras during its 12-year long journey. In its final descent, Rosetta plummeted the depths of comet 67P, revealing its unusual terrain. The effort provided the sharpest glimpse yet into the comet’s surface.

“The final set of images supplements the rich treasure chest of data that the scientific community is already delving into in order to really understand this comet from all perspectives – not just from images but also from the gas, dust and plasma angle – and to explore the role of comets in general in our ideas of Solar System formation," said Matt Taylor, ESA's Rosetta project scientist. "There are certainly plenty of mysteries, and plenty still to discover."

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