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NavCam view of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 19, 2014

NavCam view of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 19, 2014

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ESA / Rosetta / NavCam / Emily Lakdawalla

NavCam view of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 19, 2014
Rosetta captured a 4-image mosaic of the comet from a distance of 28.6 kilometers on September 19. Faint jets emanate from the comet's neck. In this view the comet measures 4.8 kilometers wide, end to end. This is a higher-phase view than many earlier ones, so there are longer shadows. Boulders near the terminator (day-night boundary) appear bright because their steep sides face the Sun more squarely than the ground upon which they sit.

The component images for this mosaic were flat-fielded before being combined using Microsoft ICE. Lots of jets are visible in this image if you adjust its brightness:

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: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about September 14, 2014

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