Comet 67P/C-G on 14 February 2015 (10:15 - 10:33 UTC) - NavCam image D
Rosetta navigation camera (NavCam) image taken on 14 February 2015 during the first dedicated close flyby of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Starting at 10:15 UTC, over a period of about twenty minutes, four NavCam images were taken in sequence as a 2×2 raster – each image showing only part of the comet. This is the fourth image in the sequence, taken at 10:33 UTC from a distance of 12.1 km from the comet centre, or about 10.1 km from the surface seen in the foreground. Using the surface distance, the image scale is 0.86 m/pixel and the frame measures about 0.9 km across.
A montage of all four images from this sequence is available here.
Closest approach of about 6 km from the comet's surface took place at 12:41 UTC.
The image has been cleaned to remove the more obvious bad pixels and cosmic ray artefacts, and intensities have been scaled.
More images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can be found in the '67P - by Rosetta' collection.
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