The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Stardust's first sight of Tempel 1
Filed under pretty pictures, comet Tempel 1, Stardust
Stardust first sighted its second comet on January 18 and 19, less than a month before its planned flyby of Tempel 1 on February 15, 2010. This is a composite image (likely a stack) of several taken over a period of two days, showing the faint fuzz of the comet against a background of stars and noise in the camera system.
This image is in the public domain.
Original image data dated on or about January 18, 2010
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