ESA's Rosetta probe captures closest images yet of comet

February 16, 2015 9:55 PM

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ESA's Rosetta probe captures closest images yet of comet

The close flyby allowed Rosetta's imaging instruments to capture some of the most detailed pictures yet of the comet's strange surface -- part scarred, part silt. The probe circled over Imhotep during its tightened orbit, a region on the larger end of the comet's double-lobed, snowman-like body.

The newly released closeup images showcase the textural duality of comet's surface. Layers of dust render parts of the comets smooth, while more exposed portions reveal the cragged nature of its more solid and scarred interior.

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