Here is a Rosetta ‘selfie’ with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in background. It was taken by the CIVA camera – short for Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser – onboard the Philae Lander. This is the same camera that will be acquiring images from the surface of the comet itself, when the Philae lander sets down on the comet in November.
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko was 50 kilometers / 31 miles away at the time of this image.
Two frames were taken and merged due to the high contrast.
Rosetta isn’t the first otherworldly object to get in on the earthly trend of selfies. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover caught one, too, earlier this year.
Andrew R. Brown, an avid follower of the space program, writes frequently about space topics for EarthSky. Over several years, he has also suggested observations that were carried out by imaging teams of some space missions. He has lives in Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom and works for local government, Kent County Council.