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Emily LakdawallaNovember 4, 2010

Close approach images of Hartley 2!

What a dramatic and cool photo! An asteroid with two lobes like Borrelly, lumpy and bouldery like Itokawa, with gorgeous active jets, dramatically lit. Well done, Deep Impact team!

Right now I'm just posting one of the five highest-resolution images...I'm going to work on some prettified versions good for embedding. Look for those as soon as I can get them live, maybe half an hour to an hour. All five pics are now posted here and an animation here!

Deep Impact high-resolution view of Hartley 2

NASA / JPL / UMD

Deep Impact high-resolution view of Hartley 2
Deep Impact took this photo of Hartley 2 near the closest approach of its flyby on November 4, 2010 at 13:59 UTC.

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