PIA19042: Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)
Target Name: Comet
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Rosetta
Spacecraft: Rosetta
Instrument: OSIRIS
Product Size: 2048 x 2048 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: European Space Agency (ESA)
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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 the right side, which is the "dark side" of the comet. The image was taken from a distance of approximately 18.6 miles (30 kilometers).

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center, Cologne; Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen; French National Space Agency, Paris; and the Italian Space Agency, Rome. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the U.S. participation in the Rosetta mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information on the U.S. instruments aboard Rosetta, visit http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov.

More information about Rosetta is available at http://www.esa.int/rosetta.

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

Image Addition Date:
2014-11-06