Rosetta finds out about origin and behavior of comets

January 27, 2015 12:27 PM

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Rosetta finds out about origin and behavior of comets

The Rosetta probe has yielded its first findings about origin of comets and their behavior. It has been found by scientists, who analyze data from Europe's comet-orbiting Rosetta spacecraft, that the complicated ancient body is covered with very simple organic molecules and surrounded by a changing cloud of gases.

Last year, Rosetta reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and put itself into orbit for an unprecedented long-term study. It released a piggyback-riding spacecraft in November, which descended to the comet's surface for some independent studies. It is assumed that comets are frozen leftovers from t...

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