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The Comet

The Journey of Rosetta

Introduction by Jean-Pierre Bibring. Text by Hanss Zischler.

Featured image is reproduced from 'The Comet.'

A gorgeously printed portrait of a comet

In 2004, following more than ten years of research, the European Space Agency decided to send the Rosetta probe to study the 67P comet Churyumov Gerasimenko, nicknamed “Tchoury.” After a ten-year voyage and hundreds of millions of miles crossed through space, the probe entered the comet’s orbit and stayed there for 18 months—a first in the history of space conquest. Its lander, Philae, a kind of miniature science laboratory, landed directly on Tchoury’s surface to sample matter for analysis. The mission: to find some answers to the questions of the origins of the solar system and the emergence of life on Earth.

Among the important data collected by the Rosetta probe were scores of incredible new photographs of the comet—presented here in an extraordinary book, a sequel of sorts to 2013’s This Is Mars. The Comet is structured around the various phases of the probe’s journey: leaving Earth, breaching its atmosphere and watching its lights disappear; skirting the Moon and coming close to Mars; and finally losing itself in the starry void of the cosmos and approaching the comet.

Thanks to highly developed optical technology, each of these encounters yielded captivating images of the various planets in incredibly high definition; their textures and surfaces appear on the paper in vivid detail. In addition to the staggering collection of images, The Comet includes a text by Jean-Pierre Bilbring, an astrophysicist involved with the Rosetta project, reflecting on the objectives of this mission and the accomplishment of such a technological feat for humanity. The result of an interstellar voyage, this book is a photographic dream that transports the reader into space aboard the Rosetta probe.


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Space is the place in 'The Comet'

Space is the place in 'The Comet'

It's so easy to forget about mystery. Virtually everything blocks us from remembering the vastness of the unknowns all around us. Xavier Barral, publisher of this new book of photographs of the 67P comet Churyumov Gerasimenko—collected over 18 months by the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe—was one of contemporary photography's greatest champions. And this was the project he was completing at the time of his unexpected death in February 2019. It is fittingly original, enigmatic and cosmic. Featured image is captioned, "Perhaps the most spectacular and brightest outburst captured during Rosetta's entire encounter with 67P. Taken around the perihelion, it shows beautifully sunlit dust being blow into the coma. Fainter ejections can also be seen. The direction of the largest jet approximately matches the direction of the axis around which the nucleus rotates over the 12.4 hours of a 'cometary day.'" continue to blog


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