Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of December 2012, in color, excepting Vesta
Filed under best of, pretty pictures, many worlds, amateur image processing, scale comparisons, presentation slides, asteroids, comets, near-Earth asteroids, asteroid 21 Lutetia, asteroid 243 Ida and Dactyl, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, asteroid 253 Mathilde, asteroid 2867 Steins, asteroid 433 Eros, asteroid 951 Gaspra, comet Borrelly, comet Halley, comet Hartley 2, comet Tempel 1, comet Wild 2, Chang'E program, Galileo, comet Halley armada, Deep Space 1, NEAR, Deep Impact, Stardust, Hayabusa (MUSES-C), Rosetta and Philae
The "click to enlarge" version has a resolution of 100 meters per pixel. Here is a version at 20 meters per pixel.
Below is another version of the same montage, except that the albedo is linearly scaled, meaning that Borrelly (with an albedo of 0.03) really is ten dimes darker than Steins (albedo 0.34). (Also available at 20 m/pixel)
Color images were not actually available for all bodies. There have been color images of Lutetia, Ida, Dactyl, Itokawa, Steins, Toutatis, Gaspra, Eros, Mathilde, Tempel 1, and Hartley 2. The others, including Braille, Annefrank, Halley, Borrelly, and Wild 2, were given a brown color to match the others.
Albedoes used for the composite:
Tempel 1: 0.04
Wild 2: 0.03
Hartley 2: 0.028
Copyright holder: Daniel Macháček
Copyright holder: Ted Stryk
Copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla
Copyright holder: Gordan Ugarkovic
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