Rosetta finds out about origin and behavior of comets

January 27, 2015 12:27 PM

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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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