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Rosetta's shadow

Rosetta's shadow


Date: 28 June 2016
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Rosetta's shadow on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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This sequence of 12 images, taken by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 14 February 2015, between 12:38 and 12:41 UTC, captures the spacecraft's shadow against the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The images were taken about six kilometres above the comet's surface, and the image resolution is just 11 cm/pixel. The image frames are about 228 m across. Rosetta's fuzzy shadow, measuring approximately 20 × 50 metres, is seen at the bottom of the images.

The 12 images are featured in today's data release, which includes over 3500 OSIRIS images taken in the period 20 December 2014 – 10 March 2015.

For more information see the two blog posts:

28 June 2016 OSIRIS data release – including "shadow" flyby
03 March 2015 Comet flyby: OSIRIS catches glimpse of Rosetta's shadow


Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Dec-2022 03:19 UT

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