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Rosetta OSIRIS context view of Philae's landing site

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

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Rosetta OSIRIS context view of Philae's landing site Rosetta took the two images for this wide view of Philae's future landing site on September 14, 2014, from a height of 30 kilometers. The image scale is about half a meter per pixel. The center of the landing site is marked with a small "+", but the lander could fall nearly anywhere in this image. An annotated version showing the full landing site circled is here, and an unannotated version is here.

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

Here are a few detail views from the mosaic:

Detailed views from Rosetta OSIRIS mosaic of Philae landing site

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

Detailed views from Rosetta OSIRIS mosaic of Philae landing site
Each of these squares covers an area about 128 meters across. Upper left: scary boulders. Upper right: scary scarps. Second row: gullies, signs of mass wasting. Third row, left: an interesting "elephant skin" texture. Third row, right: pitting (usually a sign of volatile material escaping from below). Bottom row, left: fractures. Bottom row, right: the center of the landing area.

Original image data dated on or about September 14, 2014.

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