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Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of August 2014, in color, excepting Vesta

Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of August 2014, in color, excepting Vesta

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Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL / JHUAPL / UMD / JAXA / ESA / OSIRIS team / Russian Academy of Sciences / China National Space Agency. Processed by Emily Lakdawalla, Daniel Machacek, Ted Stryk, Gordan Ugarkovic.

Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of August 2014, in color, excepting Vesta
A montage of 17 of the 18 asteroids and comets that have been photographed up close as of August 2014, when Rosetta arrived at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This version is in color and shows the bodies at their correct relative (though not absolute) albedo or brightness. Not included are Vesta or Ceres, both of which are many times larger than Lutetia.

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)

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Daniel Macháček : Emily Lakdawalla : Gordan Ugarkovic : Ted Stryk

Original image data dated on or about August 6, 2014

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