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'Pyramid' photographed on comet's surface

By T.K. Randall
October 17, 2014 · Comment icon 21 comments

A close-up view of the 'Cheops' pyramid rock on comet 67P. Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS
The Rosetta probe has captured images of a pyramid-shaped rock that has been nicknamed 'Cheops'.
Since arriving at comet 67P back in August, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has been taking large numbers of photographs in an effort to capture every minor detail of the unexplored body around which it now orbits.

One feature that scientists have found particularly intriguing is a large rock in the shape of a pyramid that has been found on the comet's surface. Nicknamed "Cheops" after the largest pyramid at Giza in Egypt, the stone is 82ft tall and exhibits unusual features.

"The surface of Cheops seems to be very craggy and irregular," said Rosetta imaging system principal investigator Holger Sierks. "Especially intriguing are small patches on the boulder's surface displaying the same brightness and texture as the underground."
"It looks almost as if loose dust covering the surface of the comet has settled in the boulder's cracks. But, of course, it is much too early to be sure."

Next month Rosetta's companion lander Philae will be attempting a daring descent involving a highly risky landing maneuver that has never been attempted before.

If successful it will return the first ever images taken from the surface of a comet.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (21)

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Comment icon #12 Posted by Hammerclaw 10 years ago
That trackway to left of the big rock is far more interesting.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hawkin 10 years ago
Our panel of UM Rocket Scientist know by an image.
Comment icon #14 Posted by bobb73 10 years ago
Seems to be of the former USSR....they were/are very sneaky in outer-space O_O
Comment icon #15 Posted by Ralaman 10 years ago
It very could be a lost temple dedicated to an ancient alien race that travels the Galaxy preaching Universal peace through crack-pot white chicks with a morbid fascination for cats...... Could be....
Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
Reading the linked article... which obviously not everyone did... The boulder is called Cheops, and it is ESA that called it pyramid shaped, not some internet yahoo. Myself, I don't see the pyramid of it. But, I'm sure ESA has photos of it from hundreds of different angles, and we have one. It seems to me though that there are dozens of boulders like this, and the one showing the surrounding area seems to show other boulders with the same pointed shadow, so.... Here it is almost directly in the middle...
Comment icon #17 Posted by DemonicCupcake 10 years ago
Literally the least pyramid shaped rock formation ever.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Aardvark-DK 10 years ago
I have a pyramid shaped rock in my garden, does that mean anything ? Are we talking alien ?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Cherry- 10 years ago
Or it could be just a ROCK ..
Comment icon #20 Posted by MJNYC 10 years ago
The shadow looks like a pyramid.
Comment icon #21 Posted by legadema 10 years ago
hope that this will lead for another link for any extra terrestrial research.............

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