Comet springs surprise: Rosetta and Philae find Comet 67P not magnetised

April 14, 2015 10:48 AM

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Comet springs surprise: Rosetta and Philae find Comet 67P not magnetised

Measurements made by Rosetta and Philae during the probe's multiple landings on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko show that the comet's nucleus is not magnetised.

Studying the properties of a comet can provide clues to the role that magnetic fields played in the formation of Solar System bodies almost 4.6 billion years ago. The infant Solar System was once nothing more than a swirling disc of gas and dust but, within a few million years, the Sun burst into li...

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