This image from NASA's EPOXI mission shows Hartley 2 moving across the background field of stars. The coma, or cloud of gas and dust around the comet, expands and brightens over this time period. Animation available at the Photojournal.
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Hartley 2 on the Move

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This movie consists of images of Comet Hartley 2 taken by the EPOXI mission's Medium-Resolution Instrument from Oct. 15 to 24, 2010. During this time, the spacecraft -- which is headed to the comet for a flyby on Nov. 4 -- went from being 21 million kilometers away (13 million miles) from its target to 12 million kilometers (7 million miles) away. The movie shows Hartley 2 moving across the background field of stars. The coma, or cloud of gas and dust around the comet, expands and brightens over this time period. There are small pauses and jumps in the movie every 24 hours.

Image details

ID#:
PIA13547

Date added:
2010-10-26

Target:
Comet

Mission:
EPOXI

Spacecraft:
Deep Impact (DIXI)

Instruments:
Medium Resolution Imager (MRI)

Size:
642 x 552 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
2,541

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA13547.tif (0.35 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA13547.jpg (0.03 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech