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The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.
The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.

Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce

The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18897
Added: 2014-11-18

Views: 1509

Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce

The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.

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This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.
This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.

Descent to the Surface of a Comet

This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18877
Added: 2014-11-13

Views: 1029

Descent to the Surface of a Comet

This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.

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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the first touchdown point of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The image was taken by on Sept. 14, 2104, nearly two months before Philae's Nov. 12 landing.
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the first touchdown point of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The image was taken by on Sept. 14, 2104, nearly two months before Philae's Nov. 12 landing.

First Touchdown Site of Comet Lander

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the first touchdown point of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The image was taken by on Sept. 14, 2104, nearly two months before Philae's Nov. 12 landing.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18875
Added: 2014-11-13

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First Touchdown Site of Comet Lander

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the first touchdown point of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The image was taken by on Sept. 14, 2104, nearly two months before Philae's Nov. 12 landing.

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The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.
The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.

Farewell, Philae

The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18873
Added: 2014-11-12

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Farewell, Philae

The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.

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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on 'dark side' of the comet.
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on 'dark side' of the comet.

Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on 'dark side' of the comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA19042
Added: 2014-11-06

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Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on 'dark side' of the comet.

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This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Light backscattered from dust particles in the comet's coma reveals a hint of surface structures. This image was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.
This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Light backscattered from dust particles in the comet's coma reveals a hint of surface structures. This image was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.

Rare Glance at Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Light backscattered from dust particles in the comet's coma reveals a hint of surface structures. This image was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA19041
Added: 2014-11-06

Views: 955

Rare Glance at Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Light backscattered from dust particles in the comet's coma reveals a hint of surface structures. This image was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.

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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The right half is obscured by darkness.
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The right half is obscured by darkness.

Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The right half is obscured by darkness.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA19040
Added: 2014-11-06

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Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The right half is obscured by darkness.

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This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.
This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.

Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets

This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18835
Added: 2014-10-24

Views: 1711

Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets

This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.

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This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.
This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.

Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets

This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18886
Added: 2014-10-24

Views: 3064

Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets

This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.

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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.
An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.

Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up

An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18827
Added: 2014-10-15

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Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up

An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.

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This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.
This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.

Rosetta Lander's Backup Landing Site

This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18810
Added: 2014-09-15

Views: 588

Rosetta Lander's Backup Landing Site

This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.

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This image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko chosen for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
This image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko chosen for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Rosetta Lander's Primary Landing Site

This image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko chosen for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18809
Added: 2014-09-15

Views: 707

Rosetta Lander's Primary Landing Site

This image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko chosen for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

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This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.
This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.

Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet

This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18429
Added: 2014-09-11

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Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet

This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.

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This annotated image depicts the two potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta's Philae lander that are on the comet's larger lobe.
This annotated image depicts the two potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta's Philae lander that are on the comet's larger lobe.

Two Large-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta

This annotated image depicts the two potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta's Philae lander that are on the comet's larger lobe.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18779
Added: 2014-08-25

Views: 1128

Two Large-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta

This annotated image depicts the two potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta's Philae lander that are on the comet's larger lobe.

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This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.

Four Rosetta Candidate Landing Sites

This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18778
Added: 2014-08-25

Views: 1807

Four Rosetta Candidate Landing Sites

This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.

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This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.

Two Small-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta

This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18777
Added: 2014-08-25

Views: 1071

Two Small-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta

This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.

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This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.
This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.

Comet Surface Variations

This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18596
Added: 2014-08-14

Views: 2860

Comet Surface Variations

This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.

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Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.
Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.

Rosetta's Target Up Close

Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18642
Added: 2014-08-06

Views: 1986

Rosetta's Target Up Close

Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.

Rosetta's Comet from 177 Miles

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18641
Added: 2014-08-06

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Rosetta's Comet from 177 Miles

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.

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This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.
This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.

Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma

This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18422
Added: 2014-07-31

Views: 1603

Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma

This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.

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This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).
This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).

Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away

This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18423
Added: 2014-07-31

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Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away

This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).

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Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.
Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.

Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target

Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18419
Added: 2014-07-24

Views: 1132

Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target

Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.

Rosetta Approach Tripych: Comet 67P

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18418
Added: 2014-07-24

Views: 1005

Rosetta Approach Tripych: Comet 67P

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.

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Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet

Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet

Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18403
Added: 2014-07-17

Views: 1082

Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet

Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet

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This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.
This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.

Rosetta Mission's Destination: Comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko

This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18402
Added: 2014-07-17

Views: 1021

Rosetta Mission's Destination: Comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko

This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.

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