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Close-up images of the final Philae landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired by the ROLIS camera

Schröder, Stefan and Mottola, Stefano and Arnold, Gabriele and Grothues, H.-G. and Jaumann, R. and Keller, H. U. and Michaelis, Harald and Bibring, Jean-Pierre and Pelivan, Ivanka and Koncz, Alexander and Otto, Katharina A. and Remetean, E. and Souvannavong, F. and Dolives, B. (2016) Close-up images of the final Philae landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired by the ROLIS camera. Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies, 285, pp. 263-274. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.12.009. ISSN 0019-1035.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001910351630505X


After coming to rest on the night side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ROLIS camera on-board Rosetta’s Philae lander acquired five images of the surface below the lander, four of which were with the aid of LED illumination of different colors. The images confirm that Philae was perched on a sloped surface. A local horizon is visible in one corner of the image, beyond which we can see the coma. Having spent a full day on the surface Philae was commanded to lift and rotate, after which a final, sixth, LED image was acquired. The change in perspective allowed us to construct a shape model of the surface. The distance to the foreground was about 80 cm, much larger than the nominal 30 cm. This caused stray light, rather than directly reflected LED light, to dominate the image signal, complicating the analysis. The images show a lumpy surface with a roughness of apparently fractal nature. Its appearance is completely different from that of the first landing site, which was characterized by centimeter to meter-sized debris (Mottola et al., 2015). We recognize neither particles nor pores at the image resolution of 0.8 mm per pixel and large color variations are absent. The surface has a bi-modal brightness distribution that can be interpreted in terms of the degree of consolidation, a hypothesis that we support with experimental evidence. We propose the surface below the lander to consist of smooth, cracked plates with unconsolidated edges, similar to terrain seen in CIVA images.

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Title:Close-up images of the final Philae landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired by the ROLIS camera
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schröder, StefanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0323-8324UNSPECIFIED
Mottola, StefanoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0457-3872UNSPECIFIED
Keller, H. U.igep tu braunschweigUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bibring, Jean-Pierreinstitut d'astrophysique spatialeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Otto, Katharina A.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0675-1177UNSPECIFIED
Remetean, E.centre national d'études spatiales, toulouse, franceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Souvannavong, F.magellium, ramonville, saint-agne, franceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dolives, B.magellium, ramonville, saint-agne, franceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 263-274
Keywords:Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; Comets; nucleus; Image processing; Photometry
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt ROSETTA Lander (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Schröder, Dr. Stefan
Deposited On:15 Dec 2016 09:41
Last Modified:06 Nov 2023 08:39

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