Comet Hartley 2 can be seen in glorious detail in this image from NASA's EPOXI mission. It was taken as the spacecraft flew by around 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT), from a distance of about 700 kilometers (435 miles).
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Introducing Comet Hartley 2

Comet Hartley 2 can be seen in glorious detail in this image from NASA's EPOXI mission. It was taken as the spacecraft flew by around 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT), from a distance of about 700 kilometers (435 miles). The comet's nucleus, or main body, is approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long and .4 kilometers (.25 miles) at the "neck," or most narrow portion. Jets can be seen streaming out of the nucleus.

The mission's Medium-Resolution Instrument was used to capture this view. The sun is to the right.

Image details

ID#:
PIA13570

Date added:
2010-11-04

Target:
Comet

Mission:
EPOXI

Spacecraft:
Deep Impact (DIXI)

Instruments:
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)

Size:
501 x 501 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
4,170

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA13570.tif (0.25 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA13570.jpg (0.01 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD