NASA Instrument Aboard European Spacecraft Returns First Science Results

September 5, 2014 8:24 PM

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A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA's) Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually dark - darker than charcoal-black - when viewed in ultraviolet wavelengths. Alice also...

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