Comet 67P/C-G at 2 feet per pixel


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New images from Rosetta, now about 6 miles from the surface of Comet 67P/C-G, show details as small as 2 feet across.

Go to the link to see some images. If you were hiking there, these images would see you.

In related news, the Rosetta team is asking the public to help name the landing site for its Philae lander.

As the location of the first soft landing of a human-made object on a comet, the site, currently identified as Site J, deserves a meaningful and memorable name that captures the significance of the occasion. The rules are simple: any name can be proposed, but it must not be the name of a person. The name must be accompanied by a short description (up to 200 words) explaining why this would make the ideal name for such an historic location. A jury comprising members of the Philae Steering Committee will select the best name from the entries, and the winning proposer will be invited to follow the landing in person from ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany on 12 November.

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  • TimArth

    “…the Rosetta team is asking the public to help name the landing site for its Philae lander.”

    I sure hope the Rosetta team knows their place and gets permission from the IAU before they dare to name something beyond Earth’s atmosphere….

  • danae

    The closer Rosetta’s approach , the trickier Philae’s landing looks to be. It will be a nail-biter, for sure.

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