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Deep Impact "lookback" image of Tempel 1
Filed under pretty pictures, comets, Deep Impact, comet Tempel 1, global views
This "lookback" image was captured by Deep Impact's high-resolution imager as it receded from comet Tempel 1 early today. The bright spot is not an incandescent flare; it represents dust in the ejecta curtain spraying out from the comet, which is backlit by the Sun.
This image is in the public domain.
Original image data dated on or about July 4, 2005
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