Image sensors designed by e2v aid in detailed study of comet

January 5, 2015 8:14 PM

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Image sensors designed by e2v aid in detailed study of comet

On November 12, the Rosetta space probe performed the first soft landing on a comet and returned data from the surface. With five image sensors designed by e2v, Rosetta and its lander, Philae, will be used to perform a detailed study of the 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

The probe was launched in 2004 and since then, has been used to orbit comet 67p and map its nucleus in great detail, in order to learn more about the comet’s characteristics and physical conditions. In September, a landing site was identified and just months later, the ESA’s Rosetta mission landed t...

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