Rosetta Stalks Dark Comet in Stunning New Selfie

October 14, 2014 4:41 PM

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Rosetta Stalks Dark Comet in Stunning New Selfie

At a distance of only 10 miles from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s surface, the European Rosetta mission has captured yet another dazzling self portrait with the dark comet lurking in the background. But the orbiter couldn’t have snapped this “selfie” without the help of a little friend — the attached Philae lander that is currently undergoing preparations for its historic comet surface landing in November.

This photograph was captured by Philae’s CIVA (Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser) imaging system on Oct. 7. CIVA is one of ten instruments the lander will use to study the comet’s surface up-close after landing. To photograph the full dynamic range of the scene, two exposures were taken — one shor...

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