Like a scene straight from Alien's LV-426 planetoid, check out these previously unreleased photos of the bizarre, boulder-strewn surface of Comet 67P/CG where the steadfast little lander Philae is now compiling data for the ESA's historic mission. This series of digital images was taken during Rosetta's close-in orbit of the comet six miles above the surface in the period leading up to this week's landmark touchdown. Rosetta's navigation cameras captured these dramatic images of the soaring cliffs, flat plateaus, stark scored valleys, jagged outcrops and pockmarked ridges rising at strange angles from the craggy comet's two lobes.
Philae's mission may be cut short due to the reduced sunlight exposure obtained at its final resting place butted up against the shadow of an icy rock wall, severely limiting its battery life. For more images of the landing visit the ESA's Rosetta mission site here. Are you surprised by the comet's spooky, mysterious landscape, or is this how you pictured it all along?