Researchers discover frozen water on comet with Rosetta probe

February 2, 2015 12:35 PM

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Researchers discover frozen water on comet with Rosetta probe

The successful orbiting of a comet, accomplished by the Rosetta spacecraft may be overshadowed its most recent discovery. After having surveyed almost 70 percent of Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko 67P, the probe stumbled upon something rather unexpected: a patch of frozen water.

The Philae lander attachment which was released by Rosetta on Nov. 12 of last year, gathered data for 57 hours until it went into hibernation. The Rosetta has been orbiting 67P ever since, hoping to discover the lander, but what it found instead was a bit more intriguing.

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