NEW SHAPEMODEL! Based on the ESA navcam bonanza.

It is time for a new shapemodel:


I have reworked it from the ground up. This time it includes a global map to further enhance its looks.

The map is devided into parts cut along the borders of the named regions designated by ESA:


I will add further enhancements as time goes by. I’m working on a ultra high resolution normalmap to bring out the very smallest details.


The texturemap is Creative Commons CC BY SA-3.0.

The polygon model is copyrighted. I believe it to be original work so if you want to use it for anything other than personal projects and education I would like you to ask me first. (I won’t bite. I just want some rudimentary control over its usage. Drop me a line: “mattias at malmer dot nu”)

Source image credits:

Rosetta Realtime view

Try my new “ROSETTA NOW!” page:


It displays a synthetic view of comet 67/P  Churyumov – Gerasimenko from the ESA Rosetta orbiter position at the current date and time. It uses my digital shapemodel rendered with a timestep of 10 minutes. A few areas are flat due to lack of data. The sun is finally starting to shine on those areas and Rosetta is currently in an orbit that makes observations possible…


360 spins for Joel Parker

I am very happy to show these 360 spins of 67P that I created for Dr. Joel Parker (PI of the ALICE instrument on Rosetta).  He used them in his Lecture: “Catching a Comet with the Rosetta Spacecraft“. It was held at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder Colorado. I wish I could have been there to see it.

I made four versions. Two with cg dust added for illustration and two without.

The new model and its high resolution textures will be made available later on.





Just playing with the color image.

I felt that the all gray comet image left me slightly wanting. Just gray is ok. But I wanted to see what was hidden in the JPG.

I aligned the 3 channels very carefully using my shapemodel. I then carefully balanced the channels so that i could increase the saturation. I let the final result simmer in a pot of some of my image tricks that I use when I only want a pretty picture as result.