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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid ZTF
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The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other non-impacting asteroid on record.
PIA24038:
Asteroid 2020 QG as Seen Through ZTF Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Is it a bird, or a plane? No, it's comet Siding Spring streaking across the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA12836:
Ablaze with Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Comet Siding Spring appears to streak across the sky like a superhero in this new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The comet, also known as C/2007 Q3, was discovered in 2007 by observers in Australia.
PIA12830:
Visitor from Deep Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 P/2010 B2 (WISE) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red smudge at the center of this image is the first comet discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The comet is a dusty mass of ice and parades around the sun every 4.7 years.
PIA12449:
First Comet Seen by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-23 2010 AB78 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red dot at the center of this image is the first near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE -- an all-sky mapping infrared mission designed to see all sorts of cosmic objects.
PIA12499:
First of Many Asteroid Finds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-26 C/2008 Q3 (Garradd) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a mosaic of 3 individual WISE frames spanning an area on the sky about 7 times the size of the full Moon in portions of the constellations Bootes and Canes Venatici.
PIA12985:
M3 & Comet Garradd
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-25 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows asteroids observed so far by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13113:
Scanning for Asteroids and Comets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-04 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from a video demonstrates how NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer surveys asteroids and comets in the solar system. Perspective shown here is looking down from high above Earth's North Pole, a kind of bird's eye view of the solar system.
PIA13435:
Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-05 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This visitor from deep space, seen here by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, is comet Hartley 2, the destination for NASA's EPOXI mission. The comet's tail is seen here as a fuzzy streak to the right of the comet.
PIA13438:
Icy Visitor from Beyond
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This chart based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates why infrared-sensing telescopes are more suited to finding small, dark asteroids than telescopes that detect visible light.
PIA14732:
Infrared Telescopes Spy Small, Dark Asteroids
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This chart based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates how infrared is used to more accurately determine an asteroid's size; three asteroids of different sizes can look similar when viewed in visible-light.
PIA14733:
How to Tell the Size of An Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids. The most accurate survey to date has allowed new estimates of the total numbers of objects in different size categories.
PIA14734:
WISE Revises Numbers of Asteroids Near Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from an animation illustrates asteroid-hunting results from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, taken during its one-year survey of the sky in infrared light.
PIA14735:
Changing Views of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from an animation illustrates the benefits of observing asteroids in infrared light. It begins by showing two artistic interpretations of asteroids up close.
PIA14736:
Portrait of Two Asteroids in Different Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.
PIA17255:
Asteroid Zips By Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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These are two images of the inner coma of Comet Hyakutake made on April 3 and 4, 1996, using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2).
PIA01288:
Comet Hyakutake C/1996 B2
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This is a series of NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations of the region around the nucleus of Hale-Bopp, taken on eight different dates since September 1995.
PIA01289:
Hubble Images of Comet Hale-Bopp
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-03 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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These are NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of comet Hyakutake, taken at 8:30 P.M., EST on Monday, March 25 when the comet passed at a distance of only 9.3 million miles from Earth.
PIA01290:
Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-03 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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These NASA Hubble Space Telescope pictures of comet Hale-Bopp show a remarkable 'pinwheel' pattern and a blob of free-flying debris near the nucleus.
PIA01291:
Hubble Sees Material Ejected From Comet Hale-Bopp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-27 Vesta Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) asteroid Vesta.
PIA17467:
Asteroid or Mini-Planet? Hubble Maps the Ancient Surface of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped these images of the asteroid Vesta in preparation for the Dawn spacecraft's visit in 2011. The images show the difference in brightness and color on the asteroid's surface.
PIA13428:
The Faces of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
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Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the potato-shaped asteroid in preparation for the visit by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2011. This is one frame from a movie showing the difference in brightness and color on the asteroid's surface.
PIA13427:
A New Spin on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
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On June 8, 2011, the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured the instrument's first images of Vesta that are larger than a few pixels, from a distance of about 218,000 miles (351,000 kilometers).
PIA14124:
Vesta in Spectrometer View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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These images were obtained by the Dawn spacecraft on July 23, 2011. The bottom two images are false-color, where different colors represent visible and infrared light wavelengths.
PIA14326:
Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer False-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-26 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This composite image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of asteroid Vesta's northern and equatorial regions.
PIA14973:
Vesta's Northern and Equatorial Regions in Simulated True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-27 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This composite image is a simulated true color image of part of asteroid Vesta's northern region, which contains the 'snowman craters.' Images such as these greatly help the process of understanding Vesta's geological history.
PIA14974:
"Snowman Craters" in Simulated True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-28 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This composite image NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of part of asteroid Vesta's south polar region.
PIA14975:
Vesta's South Polar Region in Simulated True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-29 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft used its Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer instrument to produce these three different composite images of the same region of asteroid Vesta's surface.
PIA14976:
Craters and Ejecta in Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-25 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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These images of Tarpeia crater, near the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, were obtained by the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer on NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA15600:
Tarpeia Crater, Close, Closer, Closest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-25 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This colorized image from the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows temperature variations at Tarpeia crater, near the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15601:
Tarpeia Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This global, colorized image of the giant asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn mission reveals how the minerals are distributed on the surface.
PIA15668:
Vesta in the Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR)
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This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the distribution of minerals across the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. It was made from spectra -- or data collected in different wavelengths of radiation.
PIA15669:
Global Mineral Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows three colorized views of the Oppia region in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15670:
Oppia Region, Three Ways
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the varied minerals on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta in false color.
PIA15671:
Colorized Infrared View of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This map, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the distribution of pyroxene, an iron- and magnesium-rich mineral, in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15672:
Pyroxene Map of Vesta's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-26 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA16186:
Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17475:
Map of Rock Properties at Giant Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.
PIA17476:
Two Craters with Olivine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.
PIA17477:
Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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A view of one of the images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft from the 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar.
PIA19368:
Dawn 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
VLT
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This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
PIA17667:
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
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False colors emphasize the variations in surface brightness on asteroid Annefrank, as seen in an image taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft during a Nov. 2, 2002 flyby of the asteroid.
PIA02886:
Annefrank Near Closest Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-05 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Asteroid Annefrank is seen as irregularly shaped, cratered body in this image taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft during a Nov 2, 2002 flyby of the asteroid.
PIA02885:
Stardust Image of Asteroid Annefrank
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image was taken during the close approach phase of NASA's Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. It is a distant side view of the roughly spherical comet nucleus.
PIA05004:
Comet Wild 2 - Stardust Approach Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-02 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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On January 2, 2004 NASA's Stardust spacecraft made a close flyby of comet Wild 2 showing faint jets emanating from the surface. Comet Wild 2 is about five kilometers (3.1 miles) in diameter.
PIA05571:
Comet Wild 2 Up Close and Personal
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by the navigation camera during the close approach phase of Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. Several large depressed regions can be seen. Comet Wild 2 is about five kilometers (3.1 miles) in diameter.
PIA05578:
Comet Wild 2 - Jet Release
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows a stereo pair of the comet Wild 2, which NASA's Stardust spacecraft flew by on Jan. 2, 2004.
PIA05579:
Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's	Stardust Navigation Camera captured this anaglyph of the comet Wild 2. 3-D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05580:
Comet Wild 2 - Anaglyph
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This is an artist's concept depicting a view of comet Wild 2 with emanating jets as seen from NASA's Stardust spacecraft during its flyby of the comet on Jan. 2, 2004.
PIA06283:
Wild 2: If You Were There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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These images taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft in 2004 highlight the diverse features that make up the surface of comet Wild 2. A variety of small pinnacles and mesas seen on the limb of the comet.
PIA06284:
Wild 2 Features
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Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image is a close look at the comet Wild 2, which NASA's Stardust spacecraft flew by on Jan. 2, 2004.
PIA06285:
Wild 2 Close Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-27 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image is the first taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft's navigation camera. The observations were made on Jan. 18 and 19, 2011. Stardust will fly within about 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the comet's nucleus.
PIA13829:
NASA Comet Hunter Spots its Valentine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-14 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by NASA's Stardust navigation camera 42 hours before its encounter with comet Tempel 1. The spacecraft is due to encounter the comet in the evening hours of Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13851:
NASA Spacecraft Hours from Comet Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-15 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13853:
Comet Tempel 1 as Seen by NASA's Stardust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13855:
Tempel 1 Impact Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the area affected by the impactor released by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13856:
Tempel 1 Impact Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image mosaic shows four different views of comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Stardust spacecraft as it flew by on Feb. 14, 2011. The images progress in time beginning at upper left, upper right, to lower left, then lower right.
PIA13860:
Four Views of Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.
PIA13861:
New Territory on Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA13867:
Stardust Swoops by Tempel 1 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.
PIA13868:
Before the Deep Impact Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image shows the surface of comet Tempel 1 before and after NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the comet in 2005. The region was imaged by Deep Impact before the collision (left), then six years later on by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.
PIA13869:
Comet Tempel 1 Six Years Later
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Reversed stereo image pair covering the region of NASA's Deep Impact site from the Stardust-NExT mission on comet Tempel 1. A large crater is seen at the top of the image.
PIA13870:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo (reversed)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13871:
Comet Tempel 1 in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This anaglyph shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13872:
Deep Impact Site in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13873:
Tempel 1 Impact Site (unannotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.
PIA13943:
Stardust's Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-09 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Star Tracker
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Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly.
PIA04496:
Artist's Concept of Deep Space 1 Encounter with Comet Borrelly
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This color picture is made from images taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft about 14 minutes before its closest approach to asteroid 243 Ida on August 28, 1993.
PIA00069:
Ida and Dactyl in Enhanced Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-01 Asteroid Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage of 14 images (the time order is right to left, bottom to top) shows asterpod Ida as it appeared in the field of view of NASA's Galileo's camera on August 28, 1993.
PIA00070:
Asteroid Ida Rotation Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage from NASA's Galileo orbiter taken on shows asteroid 951 Gaspra (top) compared with Deimos (lower left) and Phobos (lower right), the moons of Mars.
PIA00078:
Gaspra, Deimos, and Phobos Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage of 11 images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it flew by the asteroid Gaspra on Oct. 1991, shows Gaspra growing progressively larger in the field of view of Galileo's solid-state imaging camera as the spacecraft approached the asteroid.
PIA00079:
Gaspra Approach Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-01 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture of asteroid 951 Gaspra is a mosaic of two images taken by the Galileo spacecraft from a range of 5,300 kilometers (3,300 miles), some 10 minutes before closest approach on October 29, 1991.
PIA00118:
Gaspra - Highest Resolution Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-08-13 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture of asteroid 951 Gaspra is a mosaic of two images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft from a range of 5,300 kilometers (3,300 miles), some 10 minutes before closest approach on October 29, 1991.
PIA00119:
Highest Resolution Gaspra Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-09 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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These two color views of the asteroid Gaspra were produced by combining three images taken through violet, green, and infrared filters by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on October 29, 1991.
PIA00125:
Gaspra - True and Enhanced Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This view of the asteroid 243 Ida is a mosaic of five image frames acquired by NASA's Galileo spacecraft's solid-state imaging system at ranges of 3,057 to 3,821 kilometers (1,900 to 2,375 miles) on August 28, 1993.
PIA00135:
Asteroid Ida - Five Frame Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-01 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This is the first full picture showing both asteroid 243 Ida and its newly discovered moon to be transmitted to Earth NASA's Galileo spacecraft -- the first conclusive evidence that natural satellites of asteroids exist.
PIA00136:
Asteroid Ida and Its Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This composite image shows the asteroid 243 Ida as seen from NASA's Galileo spacecraft during its approach on August 28, 1993.
PIA00137:
Asteroid Ida - 6 Views Showing Rotation
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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NASA's Galileo imaging system captured this picture of the limb of the asteroid 243 Ida about 46 seconds after its closest approach on August 28, 1993, from a range of only 2480 kilometers.
PIA00138:
Asteroid Ida - Limb at Closest Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-08 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This first image of asteroid 951 Gaspra was taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on October 29, 1991, from a distance of 16,200 kilometers (10,000 miles). The Sun is shining from the right.
PIA00228:
Gaspra - First Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-08 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This time-exposure picture of the asteroid Gaspra and background stars is one of four optical navigation images made by NASA's Galileo's imaging system to improve knowledge of Gaspra's location for the spacecraft flyby.
PIA00229:
Gaspra Optical Navigation Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This image was the most detailed picture of then recently discovered natural satellite of asteroid 243 Ida taken by the Galileo Solid-State Imaging camera during its encounter with the asteroid on August 28, 1993.
PIA00297:
High Resolution View of Dactyl
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Within seconds of its closest approach to the asteroid 243 Ida on August 28, 1993, NASA's Galileo spacecraft's Solid State Imaging camera caught this glimpse of Ida's previously unknown moon orbiting the asteroid.
PIA00298:
Dactyl Dark Side Illuminated by Idashine
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-12 Dactyl Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture was taken by NASA's Galileo during its flyby of Ida on August 28, 1993.
PIA00299:
Early View of Dactyl
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This set of color images of asteroid 243 Ida was taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it approached and raced past the asteroid on August 28, 1993.
PIA00330:
Nine Galileo Views in Natural Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This set of color images of asteroid 243 Ida was taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it approached and raced past the asteroid on August 28, 1993.
PIA00331:
Nine Galileo Views in Exaggerated Color of Main-Belt Asteroid Ida
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-04 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This picture shows the asteroids Ida (left) and Gaspra (right) to the same scale. These images were taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft while enroute to Jupiter. Gaspra was imaged on October 29, 1991 at a range of 3,300 miles (5,300 km).
PIA00332:
Ida and Gaspra
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-11-03 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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During its examination of the asteroid Ida, NASA's Galileo spacecraft returned images of a second object, Dactyl--the first confirmed satellite or moon of an asteroid; the much smaller moon is visible to the right of Ida.
PIA00333:
Asteroid Ida and its Satellite Dactyl in Enhanced Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-10 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This composite is a mosaic comprising four individual Rosetta NAVCAM images taken from 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 20, 2014.
PIA18899:
Rosetta Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-02 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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Four images taken by the ESA Rosetta spacecraft create a montage showing jets of dust and gas escaping from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18823:
Rosetta Comet Fires Its Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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A jagged horizon of the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears in this image taken by the navigation camera on the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft during the second half of October 2014.
PIA18867:
Jagged Horizon on Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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A patch of relatively smooth ground on the nucleus surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears in this image taken by the navigation camera on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft in October 2014.
PIA18868:
Smooth Ground on Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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Some relatively rough terrain on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appears in this image taken by the navigation camera on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft in the second half of October 2014.
PIA18869:
Rough Terrain on Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This mosaic of images from the navigation camera on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it appeared at 5 a.m. UTC on Dec. 17, 2014 (9 p.m. PST on Dec. 16).
PIA19092:
December 2014 View of Rosetta's Destination Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This mosaic of images from the navigation camera on the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it appeared at in the early morning, Universal Coordinated Time, of Dec. 17, 2014 (evening of Dec. 16, PST).
PIA19093:
December 2014 View of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-19 Comet Rosetta
Rosetta NAVCAM
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This image, taken by ESA's Rosetta navigation camera, was taken from a distance of about 53 miles (86 kilometers) from the center of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on March 14, 2015.
PIA19687:
Rosetta Comet Marches On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
ROLIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission during Philae's descent toward the comet on Nov. 12, 2014 from a distance of approximate two miles (three kilometers).
PIA18874:
View of Comet from Lander During Descent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
ROLIS
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This image was taken by the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission when it was about 130 feet (40 meters) above the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during descent to the surface on Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18878:
Comet from 40 Meters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-21 Comet Rosetta
ROLIS
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A 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated by data collected by ESA's Philae spacecraft during the decent to the spacecraft's initial touchdown on the comet Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18898:
Rosetta Comet in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The right half is obscured by darkness.
PIA19040:
Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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