Water Ice Found On 67P/Churyumov

Water Ice Found On 67P/Churyumov

Two large patches of water ice on the surface of comet 67P have been identified by Researchers (including one of Indian-origin) using data being collected by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft. “It looked like there was a break age, or something fell down on the surface of the comet, and a large, new inside area that had water ice was exposed,” said Murthy Gudipati from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and one of the paper’s authors.

67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Comet
67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is a comet, originally from the Kuiper belt, with a current orbital period of 6.45 years, a rotation period of approximately 12.4 hours and a maximum velocity of 135,000 km/h. …Wikipedia
Like all comets, Churyumov-Gerasimenko is named after its discoverers. It was first observed in 1969, when several astronomers from Kiev visited the Alma-Ata Astrophysical Institute in Kazakhstan to conduct a survey of comets.
Orbital period: 2,398 days
Discovered: September 20, 1969