The dark side of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Image: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

This unusual view of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from Rosetta shows the darker side of the comet.

It is a montage of four different images taken by the probe’s navigation camera on 2 November. The comet’s larger lobe is in the top centre and the smaller lobe, where Philae will land on 12 November, is at lower right. It was taken at a distance of 33.4 km from the centre of the comet. Much of this side of the comet was in darkness at the time.


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