PIA13548: Comet Hartley 2 Gets a Visitor (Artist Concept)
Target Name: Hartley 2
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: EPOXI
Spacecraft: Deep Impact (DIXI)
Product Size: 600 x 338 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This artist's animation shows a sped-up view of the EPOXI mission spacecraft during its Nov. 4, 2010 flyby of comet Hartley 2. The fluffy shell around the comet, called a coma, is made up of gas and dust that blew off the comet's core, or nucleus. The EPOXI mission will study the comet's coma and nucleus in detail, in particular to understand how the coma is produced from the nucleus.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2010-10-26