Join Donate

The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

The pitted surface of Tempel 1

The pitted surface of Tempel 1

NASA / JPL / UMD

The pitted surface of Tempel 1
This view of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 is composed of many frames captured from different ranges by Deep Impact's Impactor spacecraft as it approached for its July 4, 2005 encounter. Images of the whole comet nucleus were taken from a greater distance and so are blurrier; highest resolution images were captured of the bottom half of the nucleus. The crash site was between the two circular features at the center of the image, which are thought to be impact craters.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about July 4, 2005

Explore related images: pretty pictures, comets, Stardust, comet Tempel 1

Comments & Sharing
More Images
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Bruce Murray and Carl Sagan
Pretty Pictures

Support the Bruce Murray Space Image Library and help us share the wonders of other worlds.

Donate