PIA19042: Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)

Dark Side of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Saturated)


This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was obtained on October 30, 2014 by the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on the Rosetta spacecraft. The saturation of the image allows the viewer to see some surface structures on the right side, which is the "dark side" of the comet. The image was taken from a distance of approximately 18.6 miles (30 kilometers).

Background Info:

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center, Cologne; Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen; French National Space Agency, Paris; and the Italian Space Agency, Rome. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the U.S. participation in the Rosetta mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information on the U.S. instruments aboard Rosetta, visit http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov .

More information about Rosetta is available at http://www.esa.int/rosetta .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
System Periodic Comets
Target Type Comet
Mission Rosetta
Instrument Host Rosetta Orbiter Philae Lander
Host Type Orbiter Lander
Instrument Optical, Spectrocopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS)
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2014-11-06
Date in Caption 2014-10-30
Image Credit Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19042
Identifier PIA19042