Thursday, September 01, 2016

Here's Philae - I have found him

The wider Picture: Follows are OSIRIS images, first pre-landing - Philae not in this one.

Next two - Post landing - Philae is now visible and perihelion cliff can be identified.

Perihelion cliff marked from CIVA image

Perihelion cliff marked with small red and green dots, from Pre-landing close up of the area.

Follows are recent July 2016 NAVCAM images with a distinct glint (saturates pixel) in exactly the same location identified above.

Second July 2016 NAVCAM image shows same glint in same location - therefore not an artefact.
Following is close ups of the above - The tell tale glint from Philae in the centre of images.

There are several other images not listed here that also show Philae, but this is the location that the ESA will soon announce with much fanfare as a conclusive location for Philae. Close OSIRIS images from 5 km from the surface should now resolve any parts of Philae that may be exposed showing this glint. It could be as little as a foot or leg.

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All lines and dotted annotations by Marco Parigi

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