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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Aug 07, 2014

Rosetta’s rendezvous with a comet

The Rosetta spacecraft has succeessfully completed its historic approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and is now traveling in tandem with the comet.

Close-up detail of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded on August 6, 2014. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right.  The image was taken from a distance of 120 km and the image resolution is 2.2 meters per pixel.  Via ESA Rosetta mission image page.

Close-up detail of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded on August 6, 2014. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right. The image was taken from a distance of 120 km and the image resolution is 2.2 meters per pixel. Via ESA Rosetta mission image page.

Read more: Success! A final flawless burn. Rosetta now in tandem with its comet

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