On 30 September, Rosetta will descend towards a smooth region in Ma’at, on the smaller of the two lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will target a region that is home to several active pits measuring over 100 m wide and over 50 m deep, with the hope to get some close-up glimpses of these fascinating features.
OSIRIS narrow-angle camera image taken from a distance of 28 km from the comet surface. From left to right the pits measure 125 m, 130 m and 140 m across and are 65 m, 60 m and 50 m deep, respectively. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
The target site is seen in the image below of three pits in Ma’at (first presented in a paper published in July 2015); Rosetta will target the smooth region between the pits labelled Ma’at 02 and 03.
The large, well-defined pit adjacent to the target site and identified in the image above as Ma’at 02 has now been named by the mission team as Deir el-Medina, after a pit in an ancient Egyptian town of the same name.
The Ma'at pits and surrounding region seen from 18 km on 8 October 2014. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – ...