Comet Landing 2015: Rosetta Probe Philae Finds 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Comet Not Magnetized

April 14, 2015 1:24 PM

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Comet Landing 2015: Rosetta Probe Philae Finds 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Comet Not Magnetized

Europe's first-of-its-kind, comet-chasing mission Rosetta announced Tuesday that its subject comet has no magnetic field. The news surrounding the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, could provide some key insight into the formation of bodies -- such as comets and planets -- in the early development stages.

Rosetta's probe, called Philae, took data from its multiple landings last November and found that the surface is not magnetized, according to a report by the European Space Agency, first published by the journal "Science" and presented at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria. "If the su...

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