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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Dinosaur eggs or goosebumps in a comet pit

Filed under Rosetta and Philae, pretty pictures, comets, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Dinosaur eggs or goosebumps in a comet pit Close-up of a curious surface texture nicknamed ‘goosebumps’. The characteristic scale of all the bumps seen on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is approximately 3 m, extending over regions greater than 100 m. They are seen on very steep slopes and on exposed cliff faces, but their formation mechanism is yet to be explained.

ESA / Rosetta / DLR / MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS / UPD / LAM / IAA / SSO / INTA / UPM / DASP / IDA

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