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Rosetta is homing in on Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

10-11-2009 11:38 CST

Topics: Rosetta and Philae, pretty pictures, mission status, the Moon

Heads up! ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is approaching for its last flyby of Earth, on Friday, November 13. It is now close enough that its OSIRIS high-resolution camera can resolve the Moon (and presumably Earth as well). Here's that photo of the Moon, a lovely crescent view captured on Sunday from 4.3 million kilometers away:

Rosetta approaches the Moon, November 8, 2009

ESA / OSIRIS Team

Rosetta approaches the Moon, November 8, 2009
As Rosetta approached the Earth-Moon system for its third and final gravity-assist flyby in November 2009, it captured this view of a distant, crescent Moon. The Moon was 4.3 million kilometers away at the time.

It's a bit small at this range, so here's a zoomed view:

Rosetta approaches the Moon, November 8, 2009

ESA / OSIRIS team

Rosetta approaches the Moon, November 8, 2009
This version has been enlarged by a factor of two.

Stay tuned for further news and pictures from Rosetta's upcoming Earth flyby!

 
See other posts from November 2009

 

Or read more blog entries about: Rosetta and Philae, pretty pictures, mission status, the Moon

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