The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Filed under pretty pictures, comets, Deep Impact, amateur image processing, comet Tempel 1, global views
This highly processed image is composed of numerous frames captured by both components of the Deep Impact spacecraft shortly before the impactor spacecraft crashed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005. The color comes from three frames captured through red, green, and blue filters on the flyby craft's High-Resolution Imager, which suffered from blurred vision. The detail comes from numerous images of the nucleus captured by the Impact Targeting Sensor. Since the two cameras had slightly different points of view, the color image has been warped to line up with the more detailed impactor image.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / UMD / Daniel Macháček and Emily Lakdawalla
Original image data dated on or about July 4, 2005.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Daniel Macháček : Emily Lakdawalla
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