Car­bon diox­ide ice in the An­hur re­gion

Car­bon diox­ide ice in the An­hur re­gion
Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 .

Carbon dioxide ice in the Anhur region

The VIR­TIS spec­trom­e­ter shown here is one of 11 ex­per­i­ments on board the Roset­ta or­biter. It de­tect­ed the ex­is­tence of car­bon diox­ide ice in the An­hur re­gion of the comet’s sur­face. The patch­es of dry ice spread over an area ex­tend­ing around 80 me­tres by 60 me­tres. The im­pres­sive Imhotep planes with their strik­ing­ly smooth sur­face are lo­cat­ed to the right of the im­age cen­tre.

The VIRTIS spectrometer shown here is one of 11 experiments on board the Rosetta orbiter. It detected the existence of carbon dioxide ice in the Anhur region of the comet’s surface. The patches of dry ice spread over an area extending around 80 metres by 60 metres. The impressive Imhotep planes with their strikingly smooth surface are located to the right of the image centre.

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