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Amazing images from ROSETTA…

Quick catch up with what ROSETTA has been doing the past couple of days…

First, the ROSETTA team has released what will become one of the most iconic images of the whole mission, I’m sure. Lots of people are calling it a “Rosetta selfie”, but that’s not accurate really, because selfies are single “snapshot” type images. ROSETTA’s image is actually a clever composite of two different images which, when combined, show the nucleus of 67P above and in front of the ROSEATTA probe itself!

Now if you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I like to mess about with carefully process and enhance ROSETTA images, but this one is just perfect as it is. Look…

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That image is going to be used in magazines and textbooks, and on blogs and websites, for a generation, you’ll see.

Then yesterday the ROSETTA navcam team released another of its sets of 4 images, which when stitched together make a single image of the nucleus. Here’s the version shown on the ROSETTA web page, with a bit of sharpening and enhancement, just to bring out details…

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I LOVE how the “dark” side of the smaller section of the comet is lit faintly on that image, don’t you?

And again, isolating some parts of that image provides us with a tantalising glimpse of what it might be like to explore a comet in person, on foot or in a spacecraft flying low over the surface…

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Again, huge THANK YOU! to the ROSETTA team for releasing navcam images as they promised they would. It’s fantastic to be able to enjoy these wonderful views. And again, to anyone on the OSIRIS team who might be reading – will you please, PLEASE let us see some more images? **PLEASE**????? Go on, just one or two, out of the dozens you are all drooling over, it won’t kill you, and you’ll make a lot of people very happy. 🙂

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