Rosetta Captures Stunning Views, Diverse Data Of Comet 67P
The first images of the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe comet orbit could provide clues about its origin and how it got its unique shape.By Jay Strubberg | January 23, 2015
The first images and findings are in from the Rosetta space probe's historic mission as the first spacecraft to ever orbit a comet.
People have been eagerly awaiting the results of the spacecraft's unprecedented comet fly-by since its little helper — the Philae lander — touched down on its dust-covered surface in November.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is more commonly known as the "rubber ducky" comet for its shape. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe captured the images while orbiting. They show a lot of dust, bumps and craters you might expect from a space rock spiraling across the universe. But scientists say there's much more to it than that.