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Distant comet between flybys

Distant comet between flybys
Distant comet between flybys Following its February 14 close flyby, Rosetta receded to 255 kilometers away from comet Churymov-Gerasimenko. It took this photo as it was returning closer to the comet again, on February 18, from a distance of 198 kilometers. The comet wears a crown of erupting gas and dust. The noisy background is a combination of detector noise, background stars, and grains of material ejected from the comet, which are sometimes captured as streaks. ESA / Rosetta / NavCam

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