January 24, 2017

Earth seen by Rosetta spacecraft

Earth seen by Rosetta spacecraft

Image of the Earth acquired with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera from a distance of 633 000 km on 12 November 2009 at 13:28 CET.

The resolution is 12 km/pixel. The image is part of a sequence of images taken every hour through one full rotation (24 hours).

Three images with an orange, green, and blue filter were combined to create this one. The illuminated crescent is centered roughly around the South Pole (South at the bottom of the image). The outline of Antarctica is visible under the clouds that form the striking south-polar vortex. Pack ice in front of the coastline with its strong spectacular reflection is the cause for the very bright spots on the image.

Image Credit: ESA/OSIRIS Team
Explanation from: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2009/11/First_view_as_Rosetta_approaches_home

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