Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko at perihelion

Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko at perihelion

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Credit: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko at perihelion. Montage of three images from the orbiting spacecraft Rosetta in August 2015, just before perihelion, the comet's closest approach to the Sun. An outburst event is seen at centre. This comet (67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) is around 3.5 by 4 kilometres. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft was launched in March 2004 and entered orbit around the comet on 6 August 2014. It carried instruments and a lander to map and study the comet's surface and core. Images obtained on 12 August 2015 (at 14:07, 17:35 and 23:31 GMT) at a distance of around 330 kilometres.

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