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Lutetia as seen from Rosetta



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Lutetia as seen from Rosetta
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Asteroid Lutetia, seen by Rosetta's OSIRIS imaging system.

The European Rosetta spacecraft has achieved a further milestone on its journey to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On 10 July 2010 at 17:45 CEST, the orbiter flew past asteroid Lutetia (merely 3162 kilometres) on its second and final pass of the asteroid belt at about 15 kilometres per second – 54,000 kilometres per hour. The confirmation was delivered at 18:10 CEST to ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is participating in this unique mission.
Credit: ESA 2010 - MPS for OSIRIS Team, MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA