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Rosetta's first sight of its target

Rosetta's first sight of its target

ESA 2011 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA and Yuri Beletsky / ESO

Rosetta's first sight of its target
This animation comprises a series of images that include Comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired by the European Southern Observatory (ESO; first image only) and by Rosetta's OSIRIS imaging system (all subsequent images) on March 25 and 26, 2011 at a distance of 163 million kilometers. The images show a progressively narrower field of view, zooming in on the comet, which initially is invisible against the background star field.

Most ESA images can be reused for noncommercial purposes as long as they are properly credited. For more information and other uses, read ESA's copyright notice.

Original image data dated on or about March 25, 2011

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