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Comet 67P. Credit: European Space Agency

Astronomy

Rosetta Probe Comet 67P's Weird Shape and Changing Features Get a Close Look

Recent studies parsing data from the Rosetta mission theorize how the comet's odd shape was formed and scrutinize various long-term changes in its structure, like collapsing cliffs.

March 21, 2017
2:42 PM EDT
A 3D view of the Aswan cliff before and after part of it collapsed. The cliff was originally observed to have a 70 m-long, 1 m-wide fracture separating an overhanging block 12 m across from the main plateau. Credit: ESA/Rosetta
Showcase of the different types of changes identified in high-resolution images of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko during more than two years of monitoring by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft. Credit: ESA/Rosetta