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ROLIS-camera takes closest picture of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

12 November 2014

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  • Comet Churyumov%2dGerasimenko from a distance of 3 km
    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from three kilometres away

    This image was acquired by the ROLIS instrument on board Philae at 15:38:41 CET on 12 November 2014 as Philae approached the comet for landing. It was taken from about three kilometres above the comet's surface and has a resolution of about three metres per pixel.

The image shows comet 67P/CG acquired by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 14:38:41 UT from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface. The landing site is imaged with a resolution of about 3m per pixel.

The ROLIS instrument is a down-looking imager that acquires images during the descent and doubles as a multispectral close-up camera after the landing. The aim of the ROLIS experiment is to study the texture and microstructure of the comet's surface. In the upper right corner a segment of the Philae landing gear is visible.

ROLIS (ROsetta Lander Imaging System) is a descent and close-up camera on the Philae Lander. It has been developed by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin.

The mission

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is funded by a consortium headed by DLR, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), CNES and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

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