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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Fracture networks on 67P

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

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Fracture networks on 67P The top left image shows polygonal fractures on the edge of the Apis region, on the comet large lobe. The zoomed-in insert shows that the patterns are composed of irregular 2–5 meters-wide polygons. The top right image shows a pervasively fractured region at the edge of the Atum region, close to the comet's neck. Fractures vary greatly in length, with the longest visible one measuring about 250 m. Within this irregular pattern, a more regular pattern of 2–6 m-wide polygons is also visible, as shown in the insert. The bottom left image shows a regular patterns of fractures at the edge of the Nut region, a narrow, elongated depression on the small comet lobe. Patterns of 15 m-wide polygons with orthogonal fracture intersections are also visible. The bottom right image shows polygonal patterns on the edge the ridge separating the Anubis/Atum regions from Ash and Seth, on the large comet lobe The image has been overexposed to highlight the shadowed features, and smaller polygons with sizes of 2–5 m are also visible.

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

Original image data dated on or about August 18, 2015.

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Chris C.: 11/19/2015 10:00 CST

Emily, I've socially-shared the article that links to this image page, but I would also loved to share these image pages directly. I could share the image directly (the JPG) but obviously this page is better, what with the great captioning and credit etc. Problem is, the Facebook "preview" for these doesn't show a thumbnail of the image (which is critical to entice people to click through), rather it shows a Planetary Society logo. Your web gurus will know how to tweak your code so that the main image of this page (and any of these BMSIL image pages) is always the one fed to Facebook et al for preview. Can you ask them to look into that?

Chris C.: 11/21/2015 11:32 CST

I sent a longer version of this suggestion to the web team.

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