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Friday, January 23, 2015

Rosetta Comet


Rosetta Comet ‘Pouring’ More Water Into Space

Credit: space.com

New details provided by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has revealed a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on which the mission’s Philae lander touched down in November.

According to scientists, the 2.5-mile-wide comet was releasing about 1.2 liters of water into space every second at the end of August last year. A study based on the observations made by NASA’s Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) aboard the spacecraft, was published in a special Thursday issue of the journal Science.
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