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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Comet Rosetta
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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
PIA18376:
Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Comet Rosetta
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.
PIA18516:
Rosetta Closing In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-03 Comet NEOWISE
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured this series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies on May 20, 2014.
PIA18460:
Infrared View of a Comet and Distant Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
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This observation from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a two-part shape. The image on the left is from OSIRIS; the image on the right is enhanced with interpolated data.
PIA18402:
Rosetta Mission's Destination: Comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-17 Comet Rosetta
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This frame from an animated sequence combined 36 interpolated images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, each separated by 20 minutes. This comet is the destination for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in 2014.
PIA18403:
Rotation and Shape of Rosetta Mission's Target Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was imaged by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on July 20, 2014, from a distance of approximately 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers). These three images were taken two hours apart.
PIA18418:
Rosetta Approach Tripych: Comet 67P
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-24 Comet Rosetta
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Images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken on July 14, 2014, by the OSIRIS imaging system aboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft have allowed scientists to create this three-dimensional shape model of the nucleus.
PIA18419:
Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Comet Rosetta
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This image of the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen with ESA'S OSIRIS onboard the Rosetta spacecraft, shows the hazy circular structure to the right and center of the coma is an artifact due to overexposure of the nucleus.
PIA18422:
Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-31 Comet Rosetta
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This view from the OSIRIS instrument onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1950 kilometers).
PIA18423:
Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 Comet Rosetta
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 3, 2014, from a distance of 177 miles (285 kilometers). The image resolution is 17 feet (5.3 meters) per pixel.
PIA18641:
Rosetta's Comet from 177 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-06 Comet Rosetta
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Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by ESA's Rosetta's OSIRIS on August 6, 2014.
PIA18642:
Rosetta's Target Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-14 Comet Rosetta
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This image from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.
PIA18596:
Comet Surface Variations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 Comet Rosetta
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This annotated image depicts two of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
PIA18777:
Two Small-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 Comet Rosetta
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This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
PIA18778:
Four Rosetta Candidate Landing Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 Comet Rosetta
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This annotated image depicts the two potential landing sites for ESA's Rosetta's Philae lander that are on the comet's larger lobe.
PIA18779:
Two Large-Lobe Landing Sites for Rosetta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Comet Rosetta
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This view of the 'belly' and part of the 'head' of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko indicates several morphologically different regions as seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.
PIA18429:
Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Comet Rosetta
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This image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko chosen for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
PIA18809:
Rosetta Lander's Primary Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Comet Rosetta
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This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.
PIA18810:
Rosetta Lander's Backup Landing Site
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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 2014-10-14 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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A composite image from a camera on ESA's Rosetta mission's Philae comet lander shows a solar array, with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the background.
PIA18826:
Rosetta Selflessly Offers Beautiful Comet Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 Comet Rosetta
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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.
PIA18827:
Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-24 Comet Rosetta
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This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.
PIA18886:
Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-24 Comet Rosetta
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This image was taken by the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System, Rosetta's main onboard scientific imaging system, on Sept. 10, 2014. Jets of cometary activity can be seen along almost the entire body of the comet.
PIA18835:
Rosetta Comet Spreads its Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Comet Rosetta
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This is a rare glance at the dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Light backscattered from dust particles in the comet's coma reveals a hint of surface structures. This image was taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta's scientific imaging system.
PIA19041:
Rare Glance at Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Comet Rosetta
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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 saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on 'dark side' of the comet.
PIA19042:
Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Comet Rosetta
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This artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is from an animation showing the upcoming deployment of Philae and its subsequent science operations on the surface of the comet.
PIA18891:
Philae's Descent and Science of the Surface
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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 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this parting shot of its mother ship, Rosetta, shortly after separation on Nov. 12, 2014. The image was taken with the lander's CIVA-P imaging system.
PIA18870:
Farewell Shot of Rosetta by Philae Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18871:
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 10 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18873:
Farewell, Philae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-11 Comet Rosetta
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission took this self-portrait of the spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2014, at a distance of about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PIA18872:
Rosetta Mission Selfie at 30 Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
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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
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the first touchdown point of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The image was taken by on Sept. 14, 2104, nearly two months before Philae's Nov. 12 landing.
PIA18875:
First Touchdown Site of Comet Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two images from the lander's CIVA camera confirm. One of the lander's three feet can be seen in the foreground.
PIA18876:
Welcome to a Comet, from Lander on Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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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 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of Europe's Rosetta mission has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The unprocessed panorama from the lander's CIVA-P camera shows a 360-degree view around the point of final touchdown.
PIA18879:
First Panoramic View from Comet Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
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This frame from an animated sequence shows the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (not in frame) on Nov. 12, 2014. The images are from the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on the ESA's Rosetta orbiter.
PIA18877:
Descent to the Surface of a Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Comet Rosetta
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The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's main camera as the lander approached -- and then rebounded off -- the comet's surface.
PIA18897:
Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-21 Comet Rosetta
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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 2014-12-17 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 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view during its first bounce after hitting the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014, with blurring as a result of the lander's own motion. The image from
PIA19094:
Comet Lander's View During First Bounce
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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From the location where it came to rest after bounces, the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view of a cliff on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The feature is called 'Perihelion Cliff'.
PIA19095:
Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19096:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, and a nearby cliff photographed by the lander, in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19097:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet, with Cliff-Image Inset
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the mission's first year following its restart in December 2013. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.
PIA19101:
One Year of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is one of more than 32 comets imaged by NASA's NEOWISE mission from December 2013 to December 2014. This image of comet Lovejoy combines a series of observations made in November 2013.
PIA19102:
NASA's NEOWISE Images Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
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On clear nights in January 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible in the Taurus region of the sky to observers using binoculars. This chart indicates where to look for it on different dates during the month.
PIA19103:
Finder Chart for Viewing Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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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 2015-08-11 Comet Rosetta
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This frame from an animation shows a very strong jet from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS on July 29, 2015.
PIA19867:
Rosetta Comet In Action (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-29 Comet Rosetta
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Scientists from the European Space Agency's Rosetta team have honored two late team members by naming comet features after them. The comet is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where the mission successfully landed a probe.
PIA19838:
Comet Scientists Honor Colleagues
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Comet Rosetta
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Image of the southern polar regions of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) on September 29, 2014, when the comet was still experiencing the long southern winter.
PIA19969:
Taking a Comet's Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Comet Rosetta
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Subsurface temperature maps of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, showing the southern hemisphere of the comet. The maps are based on observations obtained with ESA's MIRO instrument.
PIA19970:
Taking a Comet's Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Comet NEOWISE
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An expanded view of comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) is shown here. NASA's WISE spacecraft observed this comet on April 20th, 2010 as it traveled through the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA20119:
Comet Christensen Has Carbon Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-24 Comet Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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These radar images of comet P/2016 BA14 were taken on March 23, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA20542:
Comet Frozen In Time by NASA Radar Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-29 Comet Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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These radar images of comet P/2016 BA14 were taken on March 22, 2016, by scientists using an antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, CA. At the time, the comet was about 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) from Earth.
PIA19298:
Comet Scanned by NASA Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-29 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This view shows Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by the OSIRIS wide-angle camera on ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on September 29, 2016, when Rosetta was at an altitude of 14 miles (23 kilometers).
PIA21068:
Farewell Rosetta: ESA Mission to End on Comet Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
PIA21072:
Comet 67P Seen by Kepler Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-21 Comet Rosetta
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Several sites of cliff collapse on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were identified during ESA's Rosetta's mission. The yellow arrows mark the fractures where the detachment occurred.
PIA21564:
Cliff Collapses on Rosetta's Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-21 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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A 100 foot-wide, 28-million-pound boulder, was found to have moved 460 feet on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the lead up to perihelion in August 2015, when the comet's activity was at its highest.
PIA21565:
Rosetta's Moving Cometary Boulder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-21 Comet Rosetta
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This image showcases changes identified in high-resolution images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during more than two years of monitoring by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft.
PIA21566:
Comet 67P Changes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-25 Comet 1992x1000x3
This frame from an animation portrays a comet as it approaches the inner solar system. Light from the Sun warms the comet core, an object so small it cannot be seen at this scale.
PIA21749:
Comet Illustration (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-15 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This image shows comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto as imaged in multiple exposures of infrared light by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope.
PIA23165:
Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto
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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 2012-09-07 Dactyl Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the creeping dawn over the north pole of the giant asteroid Vesta now that sunlight is shining over that area. The mosaic shows two large impact craters.
PIA16115:
Dawn over the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Approximately one day after its first rendezvous burn, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker imaged Eros every 15 degrees of rotation over a period of about 5.8 hrs. At this time the distance between the asteroid and spacecraft was approximately 4638 miles (7730 km).
PIA02461:
NEAR Approach to Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This montage shows a selection of images of the asteroid 433 Eros that were acquired from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft over three weeks from January 22 through February 12, 2000.
PIA02462:
NEAR Road to Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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On Feb 12, 2000, two days before NASA's NEAR Shoemaker's insertion into orbit around Eros, during a five-hour time span the spacecraft recorded these pictures of the asteroid spinning on its axis. This view looks down toward the rocky body's north pole.
PIA02463:
NEAR Approach to Eros - 12 Panel Rotation Sequence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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On Feb 14, 2000, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft was successfully inserted into orbit around 433 Eros, becoming the first artificial satellite of an asteroid.
PIA02464:
NEAR Historic First Image from Eros Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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In the first hours after insertion into Eros' orbit on Feb 14, 2000, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft took these images from a range of 210 miles (330 km) above the surface. The many craters visible served as landmarks for navigating the spacecraft.
PIA02465:
Eros: The First Look from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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NASA's NEAR Shoemaker's camera's ability to show details of Eros's surface was limited by the spacecraft's distance from the asteroid. That is, the closer the spacecraft was to the surface, the more details were visible.
PIA02466:
Eros Details Enhanced by Computer Processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of Eros, looking down over the north pole at one of its largest craters, was the first of an asteroid taken from an orbiting spacecraft, obtained by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Feb 14, 2000, immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into orbit.
PIA02467:
NEAR's First Whole-Eros Mosaic from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of Eros, taken on Feb 14, 2000 by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft, shows the view looking from one end of the asteroid across the gouge on its underside and toward the opposite end. House-sized boulders are present in several places.
PIA02468:
Over Eros' Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This picture was taken from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 15, 2000, while the spacecraft was passing directly over the large gouge that creates Eros's characteristic peanut shape.
PIA02469:
Inside Eros' Giant Gouge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This color image taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 12, 2000, shows the subtle butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of minerals thought to be the major components of asteroids like Eros.
PIA02470:
Eros in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Stereo imaging, an important tool on NASA's NEAR Shoemaker for geologic analysis of Eros, provides three-dimensional information on the asteroid's landforms and structures. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02471:
Eros in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image was taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 18, 2000 as it flew over the shadowed southern hemisphere, looking north at a crescent asteroid Eros.
PIA02472:
Eros Image Mosaic, Looking North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker is of processed data showing Eros from slightly different perspectives is combined as anaglyphs or stereo pairs. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA02473:
Eros' Global Morphology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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On February 23, 2000, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft obtained a sequence of image mosaics showing Eros' surface as the asteroid rotated under the spacecraft; shown here is the stark beauty of the two opposite hemispheres.
PIA02474:
Eros' Eastern and Western Hemispheres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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These color images taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Feb 12, 2000, show the subtle butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of minerals thought to be the major components of asteroids like Eros.
PIA02475:
Eros' Bland Butterscotch Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros was taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on Feb 29, 2000. Many parts of the asteroid have 'grooves,' linear troughs about 330 feet wide and several miles long.
PIA02480:
The Sculptured Surface of Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image mosaic of the large crater at Eros' center was taken on March 3, 2000 by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft. A shadow cast by the boulder near the floor of the crater is visible.
PIA02481:
Large Crater on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the interior of asteroid Eros' saddle area, taken at a range of 204 km (127 miles), displays a paucity of craters compared to the surface. Boulders are visible throughout this image.
PIA02482:
Interesting Structural Features on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a cratered region of Eros located at the end of the elongated asteroid. A few of the craters show brightness (albedo) patterns on their walls.
PIA02483:
Cratered Terrain on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows an oblique view of Eros' large central crater. Brightness or albedo patterns on the walls of this crater are evident as are boulders inside this crater and the smaller nearby craters.
PIA02484:
Oblique View of Eros' Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the northeast rim of the saddle region on Eros. Bright sinuous features associated with a ridge are evident as are parallel, closely spaced grooves in the floor of the saddle.
PIA02485:
Rim of Saddle Region on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Laser Rangefinder
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows asteroid Eros' 'staircase' profile may be the signature of a series of small ridges. Purple points are a plot of radius from the center of Eros.
PIA02486:
Topographic Profiles from the NEAR Laser Rangefinder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows asteroid Eros' saddle and a shadowed feature to its left, taken on March 3, 2000 from a distance of 127 miles. A shadowed feature that consists of three large craters are situated adjacent to each other.
PIA02487:
Glimpses into Eros' Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows a heart-shaped depression on asteroid Eros on left image, but right image reveals that the mysterious heart-shaped feature is actually 3 separate craters.
PIA02488:
A Trio of Craters on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Near Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the strange shape (potato-like) and rotational state of asteroid Eros.
PIA02489:
NEAR: From Planning to Data Analysis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the north polar region of asteroid Eros is heavily cratered but the region to the left (part of the 'saddle') has a lower crater density.
PIA02490:
Eros' North Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the shaded interior of the 'saddle' on asteroid Eros looking over the north polar region to the limb.
PIA02491:
Eros Surface Morphology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows the bright material on the wall of the large crater on asteroid Eros.
PIA02492:
Eros Color at Higher Resolution
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Asteroid Eros' irregular shape gives rise to some stunning vistas at the time of sunrise or sunset as seen in this image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker.
PIA02493:
Sunset on Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This pair of images of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker show the crater nearly edge-on taken Feb. 16, 2000 at left, and at right, taken on March 2, 2000, high over a crater.
PIA02495:
April Fool's Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid Eros, taken by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker on March 6, 2000, shows the southwestern part of the saddle region with fragments of Eros' native rock, shattered over the eons by formation of impact craters.
PIA02496:
Boulders, Boulders, Boulders
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