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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: 270

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: 203

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: 478

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: 339

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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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.
NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.

Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy

NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.

Target: Comet
Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA18460
Added: 2014-07-03

Views: 417

Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy

NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.

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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.

Rosetta Closing In

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
ID#: PIA18516
Added: 2014-06-26

Views: 506

Rosetta Closing In

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.

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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.

Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive

This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA18376
Added: 2014-05-15

Views: 632

Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive

This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.

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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

Rosetta Images its Target

This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA17796
Added: 2014-03-27

Views: 723

Rosetta Images its Target

This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

Rosetta's Target

This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
ID#: PIA17795
Added: 2014-03-27

Views: 810

Rosetta's Target

This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

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Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.
Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.

An Infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)

Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA18032
Added: 2014-02-27

Views: 1256

An Infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)

Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.

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This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013

This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
Instrument: Very Large Telescope (VLT)
ID#: PIA17667
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 847

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013

This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

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Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.
Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.

Rosetta at Comet

Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
ID#: PIA17666
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 1764

Rosetta at Comet

Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.

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Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).
Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).

U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta

Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).

Target: Comet
Mission: Rosetta
ID#: PIA17664
Added: 2014-01-24

Views: 633

U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta

Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).

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With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.
With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA17443
Added: 2013-09-10

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Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.

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This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.
This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.

NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Images Comet ISON

This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.

Target: Comet
Mission: Deep Impact
Spacecraft: Deep Impact
Instrument: Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
ID#: PIA16748
Added: 2013-02-05

Views: 1652

NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Images Comet ISON

This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.

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New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.
New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.

The Same Here as There

New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.

Target: Comet
Mission: EPOXI, Herschel Space Observatory
Spacecraft: Deep Impact (DIXI)
Instrument: Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
ID#: PIA14738
Added: 2011-10-05

Views: 3315

The Same Here as There

New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.

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Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.
Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.

Heavy and Light Just Right

Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.

Target: Comet
Mission: EPOXI, Herschel Space Observatory
Spacecraft: Deep Impact (DIXI)
Instrument: Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
ID#: PIA14737
Added: 2011-10-05

Views: 2448

Heavy and Light Just Right

Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.

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This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.
This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.

Stardust's Worlds

This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.

Target: Comet
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Stardust Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13943
Added: 2011-03-24

Views: 3297

Stardust's Worlds

This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.

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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

Tempel 1 Impact Site (unannotated)

This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13873
Added: 2011-02-18

Views: 2529

Tempel 1 Impact Site (unannotated)

This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

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This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.

Deep Impact Site in 3-D

This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Stardust Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13872
Added: 2011-02-18

Views: 2651

Deep Impact Site in 3-D

This 3-D image shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. This picture was taken six years after the Deep Impact collision. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.

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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo

This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13871
Added: 2011-02-18

Views: 2949

Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo

This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

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This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.
This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.

Comet Tempel 1 Six Years Later

This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13869
Added: 2011-02-18

Views: 2812

Comet Tempel 1 Six Years Later

This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.

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This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.
This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.

Before the Deep Impact Collision

This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13868
Added: 2011-02-18

Views: 2417

Before the Deep Impact Collision

This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.

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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).

Changes to Smooth Terrain (Unannotated)

This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Deep Impact, Stardust
Instrument: Medium Resolution Imager (MRI), Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13863
Added: 2011-02-16

Views: 2591

Changes to Smooth Terrain (Unannotated)

This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).

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This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.
This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.

New Territory on Tempel 1

This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.

Target: Comet
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Navigation Camera
ID#: PIA13861
Added: 2011-02-16

Views: 2769

New Territory on Tempel 1

This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.

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