Oct 302014
 
Scientists say Rosetta’s comet stinks — literally Rosetta’s OSIRIS wide-angle camera captured this image on Sept 10 of the stinky comet (ESA/Rosetta) By DEBORAH NETBURNcontact the reporter It turns out that the comet the Rosetta mission has been chasing for the last decade is a stinker. Literally. Researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland say that if you could take a whiff of the cloud of gas surrounding the icy nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko you would smell a pungent mix of hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs); ammonia (horse stable); and formaldehyde. There would also be a hint of the smell when a match is struck (sulfur dioxide) and a whiff of alcohol (methanol). Carbon disulfide would add just a touch of sweetness, the scientists say. Read full article HERE Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)