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Rosetta's first sight of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko of final approach phase
Shortly after waking from its long hibernation, Rosetta pointed its cameras at its comet target for the first time on March 20, 2014. The star-filled Wide-Angle Camera image contains comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko in the constellation of Ophiuchus. It shows a wide field 25 times larger than the diameter of the full moon. The color composite shows a background of hydrogen gas and dust clouds. The white box indicates the position of the close-up taken with the Narrow Angle Camera, with the comet appearing towards the top of this box, close to the bright globular star cluster M107. The image was taken from a distance of about 5 million kilometers to the comet.
Here is the Narrow-Angle Camera detail view.
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Original image data dated on or about March 20, 2014