ESA - Rosetta Mission patch.
April 18, 2015
Single frame NAVCAM image obtained on 15 April, from a distance of 170 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At this distance, the resolution is 14.5 m/pixel; the image has been cropped to 11.4 km (the original frame, provided at the end of the post, measures 14.8 km across).
Comet on 15 April 2015 – NavCam
Image above: Cropped and processed single frame NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 15 April 2015 from a distance of 170 km to the comet centre. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0.
Image above shows 67P/C-G from an unusual angle, revealing some regions on the comet nucleus that in previously published images were partly cast in shadow.
In this orientation, the small comet lobe is on the left, and the large one on the right. The image has been processed to bring out the comet’s activity, showing majestic jets of material emanating from 67P/C-G. Parts of both lobes are visible, in the lower half of the image, as dark silhouettes against the diffuse glow that envelops the nucleus.
Image above: The original 1024 x 1024 image. Cropped and processed single frame NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 15 April 2015 from a distance of 170 km to the comet centre. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0.
The large circular depression on the small lobe is Hatmehit and, to its right, parts of the Bastet region are visible. The large lobe provides an interesting view on the Aker region (the bright-looking portion pointing upwards in this orientation) and on the rough terrains of Khepry (to the right).
For more information about Rosetta mission, visit: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta
Rosetta overview: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta_overview
Rosetta factsheet: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Rosetta_factsheet
Frequently asked questions: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Frequently_asked_questions
Rosetta in depth: http://sci.esa.int/rosetta
Images (mentioned), Text, Credit: European Space Agency (ESA).