The early photographs and data of the European Space Agency show that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is covered with simple organic molecules.
Recently, researchers presented the initial observation of Comet. The information is quite significant for the future missions of Rosetta. Matt Taylor, the project scientists of the mission states that these findings are the paradigm of the entire mission.
Previously, numerous other spacecraft passed nearby the comet. However, this is the first time when a spacecraft has touched the surface of the comet. In the beginning, Rosetta took measurements of the comet. The data revealed the exact location of the 67/P comet. It uncovers that the comet is approximately 325 million miles away from the sun. Hence, it is a complicated task for astronomers to study the comet through a ground-based telescope.
Additionally, data gathered from Rosetta demonstrates that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is a dumb-bell shaped comet.
Paul Weissman, an interdisciplinary scientist at the European Space Agency discussed the current state of the mission. He informs that planetary scientists do not have much information regarding the comets. Presently, they are exploring the undiscovered region of solar system.
Most of the result of research is collected from Rosetta’s data of April and September. It was the time period when the spacecraft was moving towards the direction of comet. The spacecraft is expected to reach its closest point to the sun sometime in the month of August.
The outcome of the study is published in detail in the Journal Science