The First Images Are In from Rosetta’s Valentine’s Day Comet Flyby

The surface of 67P/C-G imaged by Rosetta on Feb. 14, 2015 from about 8.9 km  (ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0)

The surface of 67P/C-G imaged by Rosetta on Feb. 14, 2015 from about 8.9 km (Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0)

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Rosetta spacecraft swooped low over the surface of comet 67p/C-G in the first dedicated close pass of its mission, coming within a scant 6 km (3.7 miles) at 12:41 UTC. The image above is a mosaic of four individual NavCam images acquired just shortly afterwards, when Rosetta was about 8.9 km from the comet.

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