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OSIRIS view of boulders and jets on comet 67P's neck, October 20, 2014

OSIRIS view of boulders and jets on comet 67P's neck, October 20, 2014

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OSIRIS view of boulders and jets on comet 67P's neck, October 20, 2014
Rosetta captured this view of the bouldery surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko's neck, with its active jets, on October 20, 2014 from a distance of 7.2 kilometers. The photo is from the Wide-Angle Camera, one of two that make up the OSIRIS instrument package.

Compare this photo with one taken just moments later with a much longer exposure:

Before & after: Different exposure settings expose comet jets
Before & after: Different exposure settings expose comet jets

ESA / Rosetta / DLR / MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS / UPD / LAM / IAA / SSO / INTA / UPM / DASP / IDA

Before & after: Different exposure settings expose comet jets
Two views of comet 67P taken by the OSIRIS Wide-Angle Camera with different exposure settings reveal the surface (with an exposure of less than a second) and the jets (18.45-second exposure). Notice also the features in the shadowed areas of 67P that are lit by sunlight reflected off of sunlit surfaces. The two photos were taken on October 20, 2014.

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Original image data dated on or about October 20, 2014

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