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Artist's impression of asteroid Steins from the perspective of the spacecraft

Artist's impression of asteroid Steins from the perspective of the spacecraft

Date: 14 July 2008
Copyright: ESA

Artist's impression of asteroid Steins from the perspective of the spacecraft.

The Rosetta spacecraft flew by asteroid Steins in September 2008. Closest approach was on 5 September 2008 at 18:38 UTC at which time the spacecraft was about 800 km from the asteroid. The relative speed was 8.6 km/s.

The planned fly-by strategy allowed for continuous observation of the asteroid before, during and after closest approach and was optimised for low closest approach and for a large phase angle coverage (from 0 to 140 degrees).
Last Update: 1 September 2019
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