Credit: N. Thomas, et al. Science.

Colors of the Wind

This week the research journal Science published a special issue on the initial results of the Rosetta/Philae mission. Along with it came several high-resolution and color images of the comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The images alone are pretty astounding. The surface is diverse, with evidence of fracturing, faint jets, and a mottling of colors. It is clearly a complex and dynamic body. While the images are appealing, other data is telling a fascinating story.  One of these stories concerns the formation of the comet’s magnetosphere.  Read more