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.
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Original image data dated on or about March 25, 2011