Churyumov—Gerasimenko Comet: Results of the Studies by «Rosetta» Mission

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: chief researcher of the laboratory of comparative planetology
Affiliation: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Affiliation: Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal namePriroda
EditionIssue №10

In the images of nucleus of comet 67P Churyumov—Gerasimenko consolidated material and fine-grained regolith formed due to its weathering are observed. Within the consolidated material the fractures, layer-like forms, knobs of different sizes, pinnacles and crater-like depressions are seen. Surface of the regolith is relatively smooth, but in some places features looking as eolian dunes are seen. By a set of instruments of orbital spacecraft and lander on the nucleus surface and in coma the mineral composition of the nucleus material was determined, a number of organic compounds were identified and deuterium/hydrogen ratio was measured. The latter one turned to be very different from that of terrestrial oceans.


Keywordscomet, comet nucleus, consolidated nucleus material, cometary regolith, surface texture, lineaments, cometary ices, isotope composition of hydrogen and nitrogen
Publication date18.10.2018
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