Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of December 2012, in color, excepting Vesta [DEPRECATED]
Filed under Chang'E program, comet Wild 2, scale comparisons, amateur image processing, presentation slides, comet Halley, comet Hartley 2, comet Tempel 1, asteroid 433 Eros, comet Borrelly, asteroid 2867 Steins, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, asteroid 253 Mathilde, Galileo, asteroid 243 Ida and Dactyl, asteroid 21 Lutetia, asteroid 4179 Toutatis, asteroid 951 Gaspra, many worlds, near-Earth asteroids, Rosetta and Philae, Hayabusa (MUSES-C), pretty pictures, Deep Impact, comets, Stardust, best of, asteroids, NEAR, comet Halley armada, Deep Space 1
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
Original image data dated on or about December 13, 2012.
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