Philae search: Zooming in on a promising candidate


Rosetta and Philae teams continue to search for the current location of the lander, piecing together clues from its unexpected flight over the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its initial landing on 12 November.

This movie shows a zoom into a 13 December 2014 OSIRIS narrow-angle camera (NAC) image taken from a distance of about 20 km from the centre of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

A large number of bright spots are seen: as only one (at most) of them could be Philae, the majority must be associated with surface features on the comet nucleus.

The movie ends on a promising candidate located just outside the CONSERT error ellipse (marked): this candidate was not seen in 22 October 2014 images, but appears in images taken on both 12 and 13 December 2014.

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