It be could be the location of ESA’s Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been narrowed down. The image above is from that location and we are looking at what has been named “Perihelion Cliff.”
The image was taken with the CIVA camera (Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser) on Philae.
To see a graphic showing the position of the Philae in the context of topographic modeling click here. (image credit as above via JPL)
Some of the first of the Rosetta results are being presented at the 2014 autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) going on right now in San Fransisco.
Rosetta will be doing a very close approach of the comet in February when it will come within 6.4 km / 4 miles of the surface. I’m not sure where that will occur related to the location of Philae.
Knowing the location of Philae is would be a big relief. I have not heard or seen specifically the location is known for certain, but we are closer to knowing than we were.
Rosetta is a European Space Agency mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center, Cologne; Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen; French National Space Agency, Paris; and the Italian Space Agency, Rome. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the U.S. participation in the Rosetta mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.