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Giotto's encounter with Halley's comet
Filed under pretty pictures, comets, amateur image processing, comet Halley, comet Halley armada, animation
Giotto's HMC images of Halley's comet, captured on March 13 and 14, 1986, were complicated by the fact that its camera was a line-scanning or "pushbroom" instrument, while the spacecraft rotated. Near closest approach, the spacecraft took 74-pixel-wide images in rapid succession until the spacecraft suffered too much damage from Halley's debris.
ESA / Giotto project, H. U. Keller / animation by Daniel Macháček / stabilized by Gordan Ugarkovic
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Original image data dated on or about March 14, 1986
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