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Rosetta Shadows Its Comet… Yes, Literally

4 Mar 2015, 01:19 UTC
Rosetta Shadows Its Comet… Yes, Literally
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See the image above? It’s the surface of a comet. Pretty cool. See the dark spot along the bottom? It’s the shadow of the spacecraft that took the image of the comet. WAY cool! On February 14 – yes, Valentine’s Day <3 <3 <3 – ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft made its closest pass yet of comet […]

OSIRIS image of a 228 x 228 meter region on Comet 67P/C-G. Rosetta’s shadow can be seen at the bottom.
See the image above? It’s the surface of a comet. Pretty cool. See the dark spot along the bottom? It’s the shadow of the spacecraft that took the image of the comet.
WAY cool!

On February 14 – yes, Valentine’s Day <3 <3 <3 – ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft made its closest pass yet of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, coming within 6 km (3.7 miles) of its surface. As it did it captured images with its high-resolution OSIRIS camera, and just when it made its closest approach its shadow flitted over the comet’s surface and was captured by the imager.
The area that’s shown in the image above is illustrated in the series of zoomed views below.
NavCam images used to put the OSIRIS view in ...

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