11 August 2015 News

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko puts on a show as captured by Rosetta camera OSIRIS

The environment of a comet can be a tad… dramatic. Thanks to the Rosetta mission, we’re seeing just how dramatic.

Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera has captured stunning images of a plume of dust and gas erupting from the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it moves closer and closer to the sun.

According to ESA, which is in charge of the Rosetta mission, the emission lasted only 18 minutes, but did impact the nearby environment for days afterward.

Although we have known for a while now that such emissions occur on comets – especially at and after perihelion (the point in orbit at which an object such as a comet is closest to the sun), this is the first time we are seeing this occur with such stunning clarity.

It’s just one of the many perks of achieving a successful comet landing.

Popular articles

Popular articles

Medic on Mars by artist Phil Smith. Astronautics

Planning for health, sex and sleep on a future Mars colony

Multi-dome lunar base being constructed, based on the 3D printing concept. Once assembled, the inflated domes are covered with a layer of 3D-printed lunar regolith by robots to help protect the occupants against space radiation and micrometeoroids. Space Environment

Surviving radiation for space colonisation

An enhanced colour image of Mercury by MESSENGER. Astronautics

Bepi-Colombo will unveil Mercury’s secrets