Philae's New 360 Degree Image Is Our Best Look at the Comet Yet

By Attila Nagy on at

Earlier today we showed you a composite image of the first two photos from the Philae lander. But this afternoon, the European Space Agency released four brand-new images in a press briefing – and it's our clearest look at the Philae's spot on 67P we've seen.

The ESA then put together a raw 360-degree panoramic image of these new Philae photos and showed them off during a webcast – and here's a GIF of them…

Philae's New 360 Degree Image Is Our Best Look at the Comet Yet

This set of images shows that one of the cameras is looking at open space – you can tell this from the lens flares reflecting the sun in the top photo in the upper left corner – which suggests that the lander could be lying on one of its sides. We'll know more later today, when more precise telemetric data comes in. [ESA Webcast]