Rosetta’s Target Gets Clearer

Two Knobs joined by a Neck The day after tomorrow (August 6, 2014) the Rosetta spacecraft arrives at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and to celebrate, we’ve got another image to look at. This one was taken on the 3rd with the NAVCAM system, and it makes the comet look more intriguing than ever. …

Rosetta’s Sweaty Comet Gets Closer

Bi-lobed Comet Nucleus Tumbles Along in Its Orbit When the Rosetta mission planners selected Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P) as a rendezvous target, they probably didn’t expect the tumbling, rubber ducky-shaped blob of ice and dust they’re now seeing as the spacecraft gets closer to its August 6th arrival at the comet. The …