The organic-rich surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by VIRTIS/Rosetta

@article{Capaccioni2015TheOS,
  title={The organic-rich surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by VIRTIS/Rosetta},
  author={F. Capaccioni and A. Coradini and G. Filacchione and S. Erard and G. Arnold and P. Drossart and M. D. De Sanctis and D. Bockel{\'e}e-Morvan and M. Capria and F. Tosi and C. Leyrat and B. Schmitt and E. Quirico and P. Cerroni and V. Mennella and A. Raponi and M. Ciarniello and T. Mccord and L. Moroz and E. Palomba and E. Ammannito and M. Barucci and G. Bellucci and J. Benkhoff and J. Bibring and A. Blanco and M. Blecka and R. Carlson and U. Carsenty and L. Colangeli and M. Combes and M. Combi and J. Crovisier and T. Encrenaz and C. Federico and U. Fink and S. Fonti and W. Ip and P. Irwin and R. Jaumann and E. Kuehrt and Y. Langevin and G. Magni and S. Mottola and V. Orofino and P. Palumbo and G. Piccioni and U. Schade and F. Taylor and D. Tiph{\`e}ne and G. Tozzi and P. Beck and N. Biver and L. Bonal and J. Combe and D. Despan and E. Flamini and S. Fornasier and A. Frigeri and D. Grassi and M. Gudipati and A. Longobardo and K. Markus and F. Merlin and R. Orosei and G. Rinaldi and K. Stephan and M. Cartacci and A. Cicchetti and S. Giuppi and Y. Hello and F. Henry and S. Jacquinod and R. Noschese and G. Peter and R. Politi and J. Reess and A. S{\'e}mery},
  journal={Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={347}
}
The VIRTIS (Visible, Infrared and Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) instrument on board the Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence of carbon-bearing compounds on the nucleus of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The very low reflectance of the nucleus (normal albedo of 0.060 ± 0.003 at 0.55 micrometers), the spectral slopes in visible and infrared ranges (5 to 25 and 1.5 to 5% kÅ−1), and the broad absorption feature in the 2.9-to-3.6–micrometer range present across the entire illuminated… Expand
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