PIA13374: Deep Impact Spacecraft's First Glimpse of Comet Hartley 2
 Target Name:  Hartley 2
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Deep Impact
 Spacecraft:  Deep Impact
 Instrument:  Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
 Product Size:  512 x 512 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Maryland
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This first image of comet 103P/Hartley 2 was taken from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft 60 days prior to the spacecraft's flyby of the comet.

Seven successive one-minute exposures taken by the spacecraft's Medium Resolution Imager were combined to make this single image. The exposures were taken on Sept 5 beginning at about 6:30 a.m. PDT (9:30 a.m. EDT, 13:30 UTC). The comet was 60 million kilometers (37.2 million miles) from the spacecraft when the set of images were taken.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Maryland

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