PIA13570: Introducing Comet Hartley 2
 Target Name:  Hartley 2
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  EPOXI
 Spacecraft:  Deep Impact (DIXI)
 Instrument:  Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
 Product Size:  501 x 501 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Maryland
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA13570.tif (251.5 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA13570.jpg (9.679 kB)

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Comet Hartley 2 can be seen in glorious detail in this image from NASA's EPOXI mission. It was taken as the spacecraft flew by around 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT), from a distance of about 700 kilometers (435 miles). The comet's nucleus, or main body, is approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long and .4 kilometers (.25 miles) at the "neck," or most narrow portion. Jets can be seen streaming out of the nucleus.

The mission's Medium-Resolution Instrument was used to capture this view. The sun is to the right.

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