Comet landing: Rosetta’s last image

UPDATED CAPTION INFO

This is Rosetta’s last image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken shortly before impact, an estimated 20 m above the surface.

The initially reported 51 m was based on the predicted impact time. Now that this has been confirmed, and following additional information and timeline reconstruction, the estimated distance is now thought to be around 20 metres; analysis is ongoing.

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Close-up view of the surface of Comet 67P/C-G imaged with the OSIRIS wide-angle camera, shortly before Rosetta’s final impact on the comet. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The image was taken with the OSIRIS wide-angle camera on 30 September 2016. The image scale is about 2 mm/pixel and the image measures about 96 cm across.

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