Scientists accidentally got a new photo of the lost Rosetta

© Photo : ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/ DASP/IDAИзображение of the comet obtained by OSIRISScientists accidentally got a new photo of the lost Rosetta© Photo : ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/ DASP/IDA

Analysis of recent radio signals from Rosetta unexpectedly helped the scientific team mission to get a photo of the place of its landing on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, obtained with a height of only 18 meters from the surface of a celestial body, according to the ESA website.

«We used to think that the last was the picture that «Rotta» passed seconds before falling in the region of SAIs, which is now buried her remains. Later, we started the analysis of telemetry is stored on our servers, and with great surprise noticed that they can be «buried» one more shot» — said Holger sirks (Holger Sierks) of the Institute for the study of the solar system in göttingen (Germany), one of the creators of the OSIRIS camera on Board Rosetta.

After a successful landing Philae on the comet surface in November 2014 and implementation of all main objectives of the mission «Rosetta», ESA decided to extend the mission until September 2016 and complete her landing of Rosetta on the comet surface.

This operation was successfully carried out on 30 September this year, during which the probe was able to transmit photographs and data obtained from record-low height – only 25 meters from the surface of the comet. In addition, the probe recorded a strange swings in temperatures on the surface of a celestial body and a few other unexpected things that has forced scientists to re-examine data that was submitted by the probe during the fall.

Using special algorithms to recover these incomplete pictures, European astronomers were able to recover this picture and use it to verify the situation to the point where now rests the probe. Its area, as the researchers note, is only one square meter, a record not only for «Rosetta», but all space stations in General.

© Photo : ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDAПоследние images that Rosetta passed at different moments of its landing on a cometScientists accidentally got a new photo of the lost Rosetta© Photo : ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDAПоследние images that Rosetta passed at different moments of its touchdown on the comet

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