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Rosetta's Icy Comet Odyssey Rocks On

In the nearly two years that the European spacecraft has been at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, we've learned a lot about how comets behave when they get closer to the sun.

June 7, 2016
2:40 PM EDT
Rosetta was about 20 kilometers from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko when it took this image on June 1. | ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
A picture taken of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on March 25, a few days before Rosetta detected amino acid glycine in the comet's atmosphere (coma). | ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
A picture of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta several hours before going into safe mode on May 28. | ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Rosetta continues to produce stunning imagery after nearly two years at the comet. | ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Surface changes that Rosetta scientists saw in the Imhotep region in 2015. | ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA