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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This image is from an animation that chronicles the travels of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, from its launch in January of 2005 to its dramatic impact 172 days later with comet Tempel 1.
PIA02106:
The Road to Tempel (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This display shows highly processed images of the outburst of comet Tempel 1 between June 22 and 23, 2005. The pictures were taken by NASA's Deep Impact's medium-resolution camera.
PIA02111:
Analyzing a Cometary 'Sneeze'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-30 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on June 30, 2005.
PIA02113:
Headed Toward the Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact. It was taken on July 1, 2005.
PIA02114:
Less Than Three Days Away!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image of NASA's Deep Impact's impactor probe was taken by the mission's mother ship, or flyby spacecraft, after the two separated at 11:07 p.m. Pacific time, July 2 (2:07 a.m. Eastern time, July 3), 2005. The impactor is seen at the center.
PIA02115:
Separation Anxiety Over for Deep Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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Comet Tempel 1 as seen by the NASA's Deep Impact impactor targeting sensor at 7:44 Universal Time, July 3, 2005.
PIA02116:
Impactor Eyes Comet Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image from an animation shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on NASA's Deep Impact.
PIA02117:
Journey to a Comet (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on June 30, 2005, Universal Time. The comet was bright and condensed.
PIA02118:
X-ray Eyes on Tempel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This image from NASA TV shows the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 from Deep Impact's flyby's high-resolution imager.
PIA02119:
Tempel 1 Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 sixty seconds before it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4), 2005.
PIA02120:
Face-to-Face With a Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image shows the initial ejecta that resulted when NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1 at 10:52 p.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4), 2005.
PIA02121:
Bull's Eye!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 six minutes before it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe at 10:52 a.m. Pacific time, July 3 (1:52 a.m. Eastern time, July 4), 2005.
PIA02124:
Before the Crash
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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These pictures of comet Tempel 1 were taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. They show the comet before and after it ran over NASA's Deep Impact probe.
PIA02122:
Hubble Witnesses Comet Crash
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This image shows the initial ejecta that resulted when NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1 on July 3, 2005. It was taken by the spacecraft's high-resolution camera 13 seconds after impact.
PIA02123:
Gone in a Flash
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This frame from a movie shows NASA's Deep Impact's impactor probe approaching comet Tempel 1. It is made up of images taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor in 2005.
PIA02125:
We're Going In! Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows the view from NASA's Deep Impact's probe 30 minutes before it was pummeled by comet Tempel 1. The picture's brightness has been enhanced to show the jets of dust streaming away from the comet.
PIA02126:
Blinded by the Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 approximately 5 minutes before NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. It was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
PIA02127:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 approximately 90 seconds before NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. It was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
PIA02128:
So Close You Can Almost Touch It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows comet Tempel 1 approximately 30 seconds before NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. It was taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor.
PIA02129:
Untouched Tempel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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When NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with Tempel 1, a bright, small flash was created, which rapidly expanded above the surface of the comet. This flash lasted for more than a second.
PIA02131:
Moment of Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Infrared Spectrometer
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This image composite shows comet Tempel 1 in infrared light . The infrared picture highlights the warm, or sunlit, side of the comet, where NASA's Deep Impact probe later hit.
PIA02132:
Sunny Side of a Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This image shows the view from NASA's Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft as it turned back to look at comet Tempel 1. Fifty minutes earlier, the spacecraft's probe was run over by the comet.
PIA02133:
Looking Back at a Job Well Done
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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NASA's Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft shows the flash that occurred when comet Tempel 1 ran over the spacecraft's probe taken by the high-resolution camera over a period of 40 seconds.
PIA02134:
Capturing the Flash Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image shows NASA's Deep Impact's impactor probe approaching comet Tempel 1. It is made up of images taken by the probe's impactor targeting sensor on July 4, 2005. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA02135:
One-Way Trip to Tempel Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-04 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This frame from a movie was taken by Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft shows the flash that occurred when comet Tempel 1 ran over the spacecraft's probe. It was taken by the flyby craft's medium-resolution camera.
PIA02130:
Impactor No More (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-05 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Autonomous Navigation System
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This image shows how NASA's Deep Impact's impactor targeted comet Tempel 1 as the spacecraft made its final approach in the early morning hours of July 4, 2005.
PIA02136:
A Cyber-Astronaut's Final Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-05 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated NASA's Deep Impact's impactor spacecraft.
PIA02137:
Tempel Alive with Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-06 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This image of the surface of comet Tempel 1 was taken about 20 seconds before NASA's Deep Impact's probe crashed into the comet on July 3, 2005. This particular region contains the impact site.
PIA02138:
Wipe Out
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-08 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 about 50 minutes after NASA's Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface. The impact site is located on the far side of the comet in this view.
PIA02139:
Comet Tempel's Silhouette
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-11 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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NASA's Deep Impact's flyby spacecraft took this image after it turned around to capture last shots of a receding comet Tempel 1. Earlier, the mission's probe had smashed into the surface of Tempel 1.
PIA02140:
Tempel Fades into Night Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-20 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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The image depicts the first moments after NASA's Deep Impact's probe interfaced with comet Tempel 1. The illuminated, and possibly incandescent, debris is expanding from the impact site.
PIA02141:
First Contact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-06 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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This Tempel 1 image was built up from scaling images from NASA's Deep Impact to 5 meters/pixel and aligned to fixed points. Each image at closer range replaced equivalent locations observed at a greater distance.
PIA02142:
Tempel 1 Composite Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-20 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This is a Tempel 1 temperature map of the nucleus with different spatial resolutions from NASA's Deep Impact mission. The color bar in the middle gives temperature in Kelvins. The sun is to the right in all images.
PIA02143:
Temperature Map of Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-28 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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NASA's Deep Impact's Tempel 1 Mission Update. Images of impact taken with the medium resolution imager. The blue dotted line is the position of the spectrometer's slit.
PIA02144:
Tempel 1 Mission Update
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Tempel 1 EPOXI
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This frame from a movie begins with the launch of NASA's Deep Impact on Jan. 12, 2005, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. On July 4, 2005, the mission released a probe into Comet Tempel 1, revealing its pristine, inner material.
PIA13546:
EPOXI's Trip to Meet Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image shows the nuclei of comets Tempel 1 and Hartley 2, as imaged by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, which continued as an extended mission known as EPOXI.
PIA13629:
Tempel 1 and Hartley 2
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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 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
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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
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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These two images show the different views of comet Tempel 1 seen by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft (left) and NASA's Stardust spacecraft (right).
PIA13859:
Tempel 1, as Seen by Two Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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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.
PIA13857:
Comet Tempel 1, in Context
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This pair of images shows a before-and-after comparison of the area on comet Tempel 1 targeted by an impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
PIA13858:
Deep Impact's Effect on 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 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 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13862:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Annotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13863:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Unannotated)
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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 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.
PIA14737:
Heavy and Light Just Right
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.
PIA14738:
The Same Here as There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-05 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3. The picture also provides the best look yet at the crumbling comet's trail of debris.
PIA08438:
Comet Stepping Stones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-10 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun.
PIA08452:
A Million Comet Pieces
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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 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This first image of asteroid 253 Mathilde was returned by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on June 27, 1997. Sunlight is coming from the upper right showing a surface heavily cratered.
PIA02476:
First NEAR image of Mathilde
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid 253 Mathilde was returned by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on June 27, 1997. The shadowed, wedge-shaped feature at the lower right is another large crater viewed obliquely.
PIA02477:
Mosaic of Mathilde
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image of asteroid 253 Mathilde was returned by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft in 1997. Raised crater rims suggest that some of the material ejected from these craters traveled only short distances before falling back to the surface.
PIA02478:
Abundance of Very Large Impact Craters on Mathilde
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Two different views of asteroid 253 Mathilde were obtained by NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on June 27, 1997. Only a few of the prominent ridges on Mathilde are illuminated.
PIA02479:
Two Views of Mathilde
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Mathilde NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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This image from NASA's NEAR Shoemaker shows asteroids Mathilde (left) and Eros (right) at the same scale.
PIA02494:
Two Very Different Asteroids
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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 1996-09-12 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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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 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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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 2008-10-13 Holmes Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the comet suddenly erupted and brightened a millionfold overnight.
PIA11228:
Anatomy of a Busted Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-08 Hartley 2 Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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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.
PIA13374:
Deep Impact Spacecraft's First Glimpse of Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image from NASA's EPOXI mission shows Hartley 2 moving across the background field of stars. The coma, or cloud of gas and dust around the comet, expands and brightens over this time period. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA13547:
Hartley 2 on the Move
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-26 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This artist's concept shows a view of NASA's 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.
PIA13548:
Comet Hartley 2 Gets a Visitor (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-03 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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NASA's EPOXI mission took this image of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 2, 2010. The spacecraft will fly by the comet on Nov. 4, 2010. The white blob and the halo around it are the comet's outer cloud of gas and dust, called a coma.
PIA13566:
Comet Hartley 2 Looms Large in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's High- and Medium-Resolution Imagers (HRI and MRI) captured multiple jets emanating from comet Hartley 2 turning on and off while the spacecraft is 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) away from the comet.
PIA13568:
Spacecraft Images Comet Target's Jets Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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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).
PIA13570:
Introducing Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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These three pairs of images from NASA's EPOXI mission demonstrate that a dust jet and gaseous carbon dioxide are being released from comet Hartley 2 at the same time, and from the same location on the comet.
PIA13572:
Evidence for a First-of-Its-Kind Comet Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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The upper panel of this figure shows small images of comet Hartley 2 taken by NASA's EPOXI mission over time. The lower panel is a graph showing the variation of total brightness, and the variation of the total amount of carbon dioxide, during the time.
PIA13573:
Carbon Dioxide Fluctuations in Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This enhanced image, one of the closest taken of comet Harley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows jets and where they originate from the surface. There are jets outgassing from the sunward side, the night side, and along the terminator.
PIA13574:
Jets Galore
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image, one of the closest taken of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows many features across the comet's surface. The length of the comet is equal to the distance between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument in Washington.
PIA13575:
Up Close and Personal with Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This montage from NASA's EPOXI mission shows the only five comets imaged up close with spacecraft. The comets vary in shape and size. Comet Hartley 2 is by far the smallest and the most active of small comets.
PIA13576:
Fab Five
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This image montage shows comet Hartley 2 as NASA's EPOXI mission approached and flew under the comet. The images progress in time clockwise, starting at the top left.
PIA13577:
Flying Under Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet at 6:59 a.m. PDT (9:59 a.m. EDT).
PIA13579:
Almost There at Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet at 6:58 a.m. PDT (9:58 a.m. EDT).
PIA13578:
Closing in on Comet Hartley 2
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT), after NASA's EPOXI mission flew by.
PIA13600:
Slipping By Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This close-up view of comet Hartley 2 was taken at 7:00 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT), after NASA's EPOXI mission flew by.
PIA13601:
Leaving Comet Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-05 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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Image taken by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4, 2010. The spacecraft came within about 700 kilometers (435 miles) of the comet's nucleus at the time of closest approach.
PIA13602:
Flight of the Comet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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This image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows part of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. The sun is illuminating the nucleus from the right. A distinct cloud of individual particles is visible.
PIA13622:
Hartley 2, Close Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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This zoomed-in image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows the particles swirling in a 'snow storm' around the nucleus of comet Hartley 2.
PIA13623:
Cometary Flurries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
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NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft obtained these views of the icy particle cloud around comet Hartley 2. The image on the left is the full image of comet Hartley 2 for context, and the image on the right was enlarged and cropped.
PIA13624:
Views of Hartley 2 Nucleus and Inner Coma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
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Infrared scans of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft show carbon dioxide, dust, and ice being distributed in a similar way and emanating from apparently the same locations on the nucleus.
PIA13628:
The Many Faces of Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-18 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Images obtained by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft show an active end of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. Icy particles spew from the surface. Most of these particles are traveling with the nucleus; fluffy 'snowballs' about 3 centimeters to 30 centimeters.
PIA13625:
Icy Particle Spray Animation Icon
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