67p: an unexpected topological space
Between 2013 and 2016 I had the immense pleasure to collaborate within the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission, launched in 2004 on a 10-year journey towards comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. I have spent endless hours, days, weeks and months visualizing and observing pictures that were being sent from the Rosetta spacecraft while coding interactive visualizations for the mission. I perfectly remember the moment when I saw the first short distance comet images that were being sent from the spacecraft, corresponding to a very small dot in the universe. As the Rosetta was reaching the comet 67P, nobody would expect to see a so extraordinary topological comet form – a beautiful artwork made by the universe, older than Earth as we know it. In 2015 I decided to create this audiovisual work (video below) because this mission touched me so so much. This is a personal contribution to this extraordinary human-made mission to understand our origins, which was included in the Rosetta Mission’s Legacy, in 2016.
“67p: an unexpected topological space”: an interactive VR visualization made by João Martinho Moura, using a custom developed software from the author. The data is from the ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Image and Music: João Martinho Moura
Full track music (composed by myself for the mission’s interactive visualization), available at SoundCloud.
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