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Scale comparison of comets visited by spacecraft as of 2014

Filed under Rosetta and Philae, pretty pictures, scale comparisons, comets, comet Wild 2, Deep Impact, Stardust, amateur image processing, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, comet Halley, comet Hartley 2, comet Tempel 1, comet Halley armada, Deep Space 1, comet Borrelly

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Scale comparison of comets visited by spacecraft as of 2014 As of 2014, six comets have been visited by spacecraft; the most recent addition is Rosetta's 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Image credits: Halley: Russian Academy of Sciences / Ted Stryk. Borrelly: NASA / JPL / Ted Stryk. Tempel 1 and Hartley 2: NASA / JPL / UMD. Churyumov-Gerasimenko: ESA / Rosetta / NavCam / Emily Lakdawalla. Wild 2: NASA / JPL. Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

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Here is a version of the image with an earlier view of Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Original image data dated on or about August 3, 2014.

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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 : Ted Stryk


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silviug: 08/05/2014 06:31 CDT

Hi. Wouldn't be more accurate to specify both visits to Tempel 1, by Deep Impact, and by Stardust in 2011? Halley was also visited by Vega 1 and Giotto. And maybe acknowledge the visits to 21P/Giacobini–Zinner and 26P/Grigg–Skjellerup, although no pictures were taken. Thank you for these comparative images.

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