Rosetta’s comet in 3D!

The colorful image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is an anaglyph – by looking at it through glasses with a red and a green filter, a three-dimensional image is seen. This is a good way to get a feel for how irregular the terrain actually is.


The two images used to create this anaglyph were taken by our camera OSIRIS on ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta on August 7, 2014. The images were taken 17 minutes apart to change the viewing geometry, through Rosetta’s motion and the nucleus rotation, which is necessary to create the 3D sensation. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

For those who do not have such glasses – enjoy one of the original images below.


An original image from OSIRIS used to create the anaglyph above. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The scientific imaging system OSIRIS was built by a consortium led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany) in collaboration with CISAS, University of Padova (Italy), the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (France), the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia, CSIC (Spain), the Scientific Support Office of the European Space Agency (The Netherlands), the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain), the Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid (Spain), the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Uppsala University (Sweden), and the Institute of Computer and Network Engineering of the TU Braunschweig (Germany). OSIRIS was financially supported by the national funding agencies of Germany (DLR), France (CNES), Italy (ASI), Spain (MEC), and Sweden (SNSB) and the ESA Technical Directorate.



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