The Rosetta spacecraft has taken images for the first time of an asteroid in orbit more than 220 million miles away from Earth, according to the Daily telegraph the Rosetta spacecraft will try to land on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko sometimes in 2015 in an attempt to study the celestial object’s chemistry.
The image looked like diamond shaped asteroid known as Steins, these rare images will give scientists an Idea of how objects floating in the universe look like. The daily Telegraph reported Sunday.
“There is also a chain of seven craters that we would not expect to see on such a small body,” Keller said. Uwe Keller is the ESA principal investigator Professor
“We normally see craters like this on moons like our own. We have to look at why they are there, but clearly Steins has a complex collision history. The color of Steins is essentially gray but it is a little bit reddish. It is also larger than we expected.”
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