Philae reveals presence of large amount of water ice on the comet


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A comet seen from close up – the surface looks like rock, but is a mixture of water ice, carbonaceous particles and interesting compounds. Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR  (Click Image to Download ) 

The European Space Agency has revealed that the comet – 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko “is not nearly as soft and fluffy as it was believed to be”.

The first results to emerge from the team of the SESAME experiment (Surface Electrical, Seismic and Acoustic Monitoring Experiment) confirm that “the strength of the ice found under a layer of dust on the first landing site is surprisingly high”.

“The mechanical properties of 67P will be derived. SESAME’s two other instruments suggest that cometary activity at this landing site is low, as well as revealing the presence of a large amount of water ice under the lander,” Klaus Seidensticker from the DLR Institute of Planetary Research said.

Source : Times of india , SEN Blog

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2 thoughts on “Philae reveals presence of large amount of water ice on the comet

  1. The biggest problem of earthlings is depletion of water resources in real. With this reason, they are listening to the news, which come from up, attentively. Both Mars and Moon are also so much attention in the same reason. The thing what I couldn’t understand in main, why the earthlings use the vital important water sources brutally. The searching water in the universe like a toss-up. When all the water sources come to an end, or any water can not be found up there?

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