Comet landing descent image – 5.8 km

As Rosetta continues its descent onto the Ma’at region on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image at 08:18 GMT from an altitude of about 5.8 km.

The image shows dust-covered terrains, exposed walls and a few boulders on Ma’at, not far from the target impact region (not visible in this view – located below the lower edge).

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Comet 67P/C-G viewed with Rosetta’s OSIRIS NAC on 30 September 2016, 5.8 km from the surface. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The image scale is about 11 cm/pixel and the image measures about 225 m across.

This image is featured as the last image in the first row of the OSIRIS NAC composite of descent images showing Rosetta’s landing site.

Note: details added to this post on 2 October.

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