PIA05004: Comet Wild 2 - Stardust Approach Image
Target Name: Wild 2
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Stardust Navigation Camera
Product Size: 2400 x 2618 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Full-Res TIFF: PIA05004.tif (1.535 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA05004.jpg (133.6 kB)

Click on the image above to download a moderately sized image in JPEG format (possibly reduced in size from original)

Original Caption Released with Image:

This image was taken during the close approach phase of Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. It is a distant side view of the roughly spherical comet nucleus. One hemisphere is in sunlight and the other is in shadow analogous to a view of the quarter moon. Several large depressed regions can be seen. Comet Wild 2 is about five kilometers (3.1 miles) in diameter.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2004-01-06