OSIRIS Image of the Day

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This image was taken during a zero-phase flyby manouvre, with the Rosetta spacecraft almost exactly between the comet and the sun (phase angle 2deg). The lack of shadows hides the fact, that it shows three different morphological regions: while most of the right part is Imhothep, the cliff in the upper left corner showing bright, probably freshly exposed material belongs to Ash. Inbetween, extending from the lower left to the centre and showing slightly rougher material then Imhothep is part of the Khepry region.

Date taken2016-04-10T00:10:22.348 (UTC)
CameraNarrow Angle Camera
FilterND (640 nm) / Blue (481 nm)
Exposure time1.338 s
Pixel resolution0.55 m/px at 67P/CG
Processing levelCalibrated
Distance Rosetta ↔ 67P/CG30.062 km
Distance 67P/CG ↔ Sun413897344 km2.766733 AU
Distance Rosetta ↔ Earth283064544 km1.892170 AU


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