PIA18154: Stunning Image of Rosetta above Mars taken by the Philae Lander Camera

Stunning Image of Rosetta above Mars taken by the Philae Lander Camera


Stunning image taken by the CIVA imaging instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander just 4 minutes before closest approach at a distance of some 1000 km from Mars.

A portion of the spacecraft and one of its solar arrays are visible in nice detail. Beneath, the Mawrth Vallis region is visible on the planet's disk. Mawrth Vallis is particularly relevant as it is one of the areas on the Martian surface where the OMEGA instrument on board ESA's Mars Express detected the presence of hydrated clay minerals -- a sign that water may have flown abundantly on that region in the very early history of Mars.

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Background Info:

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Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
System Periodic Comets
Target Type Planet Comet
Mission Rosetta Mars Express, Mars Express (MEX)
Instrument Host Philae Lander Mars Express, Mars Express Orbiter, Rosetta Orbiter
Host Type Lander Orbiter
Instrument Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser (CIVA) Visible and Infrared Mineralogical Mapping Spectrometer (OMEGA)
Extra Keywords Color, Water
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-02-05
Date in Caption
Image Credit Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18154
Identifier PIA18154