Rosetta captures its own shadow

March 3, 2015 10:26 PM

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Rosetta captures its own shadow

So maybe it was a nod to its ubiquity -- and the usual course of cultural matters -- that Rosetta got a bit self-referential recently. The probe's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera caught a glimpse of Rosetta's shadow on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet it's been orbiting for months.

And now, astronomers, scientists and other interested parties all over the world are looking at a picture of Rosetta looking at an outline of itself. The image was captured during Rosetta's flyby last month -- the closest the probe as come to the surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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