The Philae lander of the European Space Agency Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 30 miles 50 kilometers from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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 Rosetta OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.
This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft 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 Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System OSIRIS.
The Philae lander of the European Space Agency Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 10 miles 16 kilometers from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
NASA Stardust Navigation Camera captured this anaglyph of the comet Wild 2. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
MARCH 27, 2014: Comet Siding Spring is plunging toward the Sun along a roughly 1-million-year orbit. The comet, discovered in 2013, was within the radius of Jupiter’s orbit when the Hubble Space Telescope photographed it on March 11, 2014. Hubble resolves two jets of dust coming from the solid icy nucleus. These persistent jets were first seen in Hubble pictures taken on Oct. 29, 2013. The feature should allow astronomers to measure the direction of the nucleus’s pole, and hence, rotation axis. The comet will make its closest approach to our Sun on Oct. 25, 2014, at a distance of 130 million miles, well outside Earth’s orbit. On its inbound leg, Comet Siding Spring will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars on Oct. 19, 2014, which is less than half the Moon’s distance from Earth. The comet is not expected to become bright enough to be seen by the naked eye. Credit: NASA, ESA, and J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute) NASA image use policy. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission. Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Find us on Instagram
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