Rosetta Spacecraft Captures Lutetia Asteroid Pictures

Rosetta spacecraft has taken pictures of the “Lutetia" asteroid for the first time.

The mission also sought proofs for extremely fragile atmosphere and magnetic effects, along with examining the surface composition and mass.

Holger Sierks of the Max Planck Institute, said that Lutetia is "highly cratered" from supporting numerous blows during its 4.5 billion years of survival.

"As Rosetta drew close, a giant bowl-shaped depression stretching across much of the asteroid rotated into view”, he said.

He added that the pictures prove that Lutetia is a lengthened body, having a longest side of 130km. This implies that the object is too long. It can be considered a relic of the Solar System.

Certainly, Lutetia had been considered a mystery for over a long period of time, with the ground-based telescopes frequently providing perplexing features.

In some of the pictures, the asteroid appears to be a 'M-type', being related to iron meteorites nearly rosy in look. They appear to be fractions of large objects.

The new images, as well as the data gathered, will form the basis of the study of a distinct categorization for Lutetia. The study will include the comet for few months.