Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Imagine jumping off that . . .

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day yesterday was a spectacular shot taken by the Rosetta probe as it orbited Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  The agency reports:

The ragged cliffs, as featured here, were imaged by Rosetta about two weeks ago. Although towering about one kilometer high, the low surface gravity of Comet CG would likely make a jump from the cliffs, by a human, survivable. At the foot of the cliffs is relatively smooth terrain dotted with boulders as large as 20 meters across.

There's more at the link.

Here's what the probe saw.  Click the image for a larger view at the APOD site.

Imagine jumping off a cliff more than half a mile high, and floating gently down to the surface.  Makes me want to go there and try it . . .



bruce said...

thats the idea behind superman isnt it?

Bob said...


Looks like Ansel Adams took the photo!