As the Rosetta mission draws to a close next Friday, 30 September 2016, the CometWatch team here at ESA realised that this will be the last 'regular' entry of this popular feature on the blog (*) through which we have shared a great deal of views of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken with Rosetta's navigation camera (NAVCAM) since July 2014, shortly before Rosetta's arrival at the comet.
As it happens, Rosetta recently took a new image of its final “landing” site on 67P/C-G, which we thought would make the perfect entry for this week’s CometWatch. The image was taken on 18 September 2016, when the spacecraft was 12.1 km from the centre of the comet.
Enhanced NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 18 September 2016, 12.1 km from the nucleus centre. The scale is 1.0 m/pixel and the image measures about 1.1 km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
The image depicts the dust-covered terrains of Ma'at, on the small comet lobe, where Rosetta is destined to make a controlled impact next week. The spacecraft will aim at a point just right of the image centre, next to Deir el-Medina, the large pit located slightly below and to the ...