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JETS! (Ooh ooh ooh ooooh ooh ooh oooooh oooh oooh) JETS!

Oh, come on….  The WINGS song? “Jet”?

Oh never mind.


Today’s NAVCAM image released by the ROSETTA team is a corker! Just take a look…


…and can you see what I can see? Coming out of the “neck” of the comet? The clue is in the title of this blog post…

jet crop 2b

Yep, that’s a beautiful big JET of… stuff… shooting out of the comet! And it’s got company! I reckon two or three jets are hiding in the background of this image, but they jump out with a bit of gentle coaxing….

jets 19th shown

And if you reverse that image, turning it into a negative view, I think they stand out even more clearly…


These are great, aren’t they? They really show the comet has come to life. Just imagine what details the OSIRIS images must be showing, looking right into the vents and fissures which are the sources of their outbursts..! Oh well, I hope the OSIRIS team are enjoying looking at them and showing them to each other. We might get to enjoy them next Spring. We’ll see.

In the meantime, a huge thank you, AGAIN, to the ESA ROSETTA team for sharing their gorgeous navcam images with us. They’re stunning, and “out here” we’re all loving them!


2 Responses

  1. In your illustrated image, if you follow the smaller ellipses’s right-hand minor axis tangent downwards it will point to a line running down the neck. Would that be a crack? Are cracks related to jets?

    • Quelle: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/editors/Jouni

      Issakainen says:
      21/09/2014 at 14:19

      Hi there! You have a wonderful project going on!
      A small observation:
      In the Navcam image of Sept 19, near the borders of the four partial images, is a thin line which looks as if the comet could start cracking in two pieces.
      Could you please comment how do you interpret this line? Thanks!
      J. Issakainen, Biologist, Finland

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      emily says: ( Science Blog Editor,ESA Emily *Baldwin, PhD )
      21/09/2014 at 18:31

      Hi Jouni, please write your comments and questions on the relevant post, thanks!

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