Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Deep Impact "lookback" image of Tempel 1

Deep Impact "lookback" image of Tempel 1
Deep Impact "lookback" image of Tempel 1 This "lookback" image was captured by Deep Impact's high-resolution imager as it receded from its flyby of comet Tempel 1 on 4 July 2005. The bright spot is not an incandescent flare; it represents dust in the ejecta curtain spraying out from the comet, which is backlit by the Sun. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

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