Rosetta Probe Captures Sharpest Photo of Comet 67P to Date

March 4, 2015 8:54 AM

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The European Space Agency (ESA) recently released the best image of comet 67P, which was taken by Rosetta probe during a flyby on Feb.14 when the spacecraft was no farther than 3.12 miles (6 km) from the icy “space duck” (as 67P is nicknamed).

The picture depicts the bottom region of the “icy dirtball,” while features larger than 11 cm are clearly visible. Also, as the Sun was standing behind Rosetta when the picture was taken, the satellite’s optical instruments captured the probe’s shadow on the comet’s surface.

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