What is the name of the spacecraft that recorded the first images of a landslide on a comet? – 2017

What is the name of the spacecraft that recorded the first images of a landslide on a comet?



Rosetta




One can only wonder what went through astronomers’ minds as the Rosetta spacecraft took the first images of a landslide on a comet. Was it awe? Surprise? The lyrics to Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 hit? While a few shifting rocks in space may seem like a minor discovery, the images helped researchers determine that outbursts from comets, which they previously expected to be pressurized gas from a heated comet interior, could actually be the result of the landslide. The excitement around the finding shows the astronomers aren’t afraid of changin’. Sources: The Guardian, The Washington Post




Rosetta was a space probe built by the European Space Agency launched on 2 March 2004. Along with Philae, its lander module, Rosetta performed a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Wikipedia
 

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