Preliminary Map of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Scientists working on images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have divided the comet's surface into a number of different regions based on their morphology, revealing a unique, multifaceted world.

The map and new high-resolution images from the OSIRIS instrument were presented during the Rosetta special session at EPSC today.

With various areas dominated by cliffs, depressions, craters, boulders or even parallel grooves, 67P/C-G displays a multitude of different terrains. Some areas even appear to have been shaped by the comet's activity.

This preliminary analysis provides the basis for a detailed scientific description of the comet's surface, but a substantial amount of work involving more detailed OSIRIS images and data from other Rosetta instruments lies ahead to determine what each region represents in terms of their composition and evolution.

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