Rosetta spacecraft raises new questions about comet’s origin

January 22, 2015 8:33 PM

8 0

Rosetta spacecraft raises new questions about comet’s origin

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Scientists using Europe’s comet-orbiting Rosetta spacecraft have discovered that the complicated ancient body is coated with surprisingly simple organic molecules and surrounded by a changing cloud of gases, according to new research released on Thursday.

After a 10-year journey, Rosetta reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August and put itself into orbit for an unprecedented long-term study. In November it released a piggyback-riding spacecraft, which descended to the comet’s surface for a series of independent studies.

Read more

To category page

Loading...