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Philae waving

Philae waving


Date: 21 June 2018
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA – CC BY-SA 4.0

It is easy to be distracted by the impressive feature towards the right, which may represent a broken-off part of the comet's layered structure, but this image also contains a tiny clue to Philae's presence. Very close to the left hand edge of this image in the top half, is a thin vertical line with a broad top – one of Philae's three legs. Can you spot it? (Click here to find Philae.)

The scale of the image is 4.6 cm/pixel, with Philae's foot estimated to be about 2.5 km away when Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera took the image on 30 August 2016. The contrast of the image has been stretched to reveal Philae's foot against the shadowed background.

 
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Last Update: 1 September 2019
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