OSIRIS Image of the Day

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Comet 67P/C-G seen with the big lobe in front during the flyby on April 9/10 with the spacecraft positioned almost exactly between sun and comet (phase angle 0.9 degrees). This unique observing geometry reveals optical characteristics of the surface that cannot be seen otherwise.

Date taken2016-04-10T00:00:57.415 (UTC)
CameraWide Angle Camera
FilterEmpty (-) / Vis610 (613 nm)
Exposure time0.500 s
Pixel resolution2.86 m/px at 67P/CG
Processing levelCalibrated
Distance Rosetta ↔ 67P/CG29.933 km
Distance 67P/CG ↔ Sun413890464 km2.766687 AU
Distance Rosetta ↔ Earth283050272 km1.892074 AU


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