OSIRIS Image of the Day

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While this image obviously does not show comet 67P, it has a serious purpose: in preparation of Rosetta's final descent on the comet surface at the end of mission, the image proves the focusing capabilities of the WAC at a very close distances. It shows the OSIRIS principle investigator imaged from only 15 meters with the OSIRIS ground reference model in the laboratory at MPS.

IDWAC_2016-03-31T03.40.32.848Z_ID00_1397549300_F21
Date taken2016-03-31T03:40:32.0 (UTC)
CameraWide Angle Camera
FilterGreen (537 nm) / Empty (-)
Exposure time0.500 s
Pixel resolution85.18 m/px at 67P/CG
Processing levelRaw
Distance OSIRIS ↔ PI15 m
Distance Rosetta ↔ Earth0 km0 AU

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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OSIRIS was built by a consortium led by the Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Göttingen, Germany, in collaboration with CISAS, University of Padova, Italy, the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia, CSIC, Granada, Spain, the Scientific Support Office of the European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Madrid, Spain, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Institut für Datentechnik und Kommunikationsnetze der Technischen Universität Braunschweig, Germany.