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Rosetta sees its shadow

Rosetta sees its shadow

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Rosetta sees its shadow
Close view of a 228 by 228 meter region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as seen by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera during Rosetta's flyby at 12:39 UT on February 14, 2015. The image was taken six kilometers above the comet’s surface, and the image resolution is just 11 centimeters per pixel. Rosetta’s fuzzy shadow, measuring approximately 20 by 50 metres, is seen at the bottom of the image.

Here a set of NavCam images provide context:

A visual explanation for the fuzziness of the shadow:

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Original image data dated on or about February 14, 2015

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