Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as you’ve never seen it — in 3D!

The Rosetta mission has only just ended, but we can still experience the vicarious thrill of orbiting a comet’s nucleus.  The European Space Agency has released an amazing 3D visualization of the comet that you can spin around, zoom in and out, and adjust the lighting on, created from actual Rosetta imagery combined with the accurate 3D map of the object that Rosetta produced over the course of its mission.  Some bits are not very clear; there are portions of the comet’s nucleus that the spacecraft was never able to get a good look at due to lighting conditions.  But it’s still fascinating, beautiful, and wholly remarkable.

Check it out, at Astronomy Picture of the Day for October 3!


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