Rosetta probe snaps awesome comet photo in harrowing close encounter

March 5, 2015 2:31 PM

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Rosetta probe snaps awesome comet photo in harrowing close encounter

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft recently beamed back an amazing photo of its comet taken during a risky, close flyby of the dusty cosmic body.

Rosetta's flyby took it from the shady side of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko towards sunlight, putting the sun directly behind the spacecraft and showing scientists how reflective the comet's surface was. The image, taken when the Rosetta spacecraft was 9.5 miles from Comet 67P/C-G's surface puts ...

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