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New release: ESA completes Rosetta spacecraft’s image archive

25 Jun 2018, 14:00 UTC
New release: ESA completes Rosetta spacecraft’s image archive
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Philae ‘waves’ in this newly-released image from the ESA archives. Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
All high-resolution images and the underpinning data from Rosetta’s pioneering mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are now available in ESA’s archives, with the last release including the iconic images of finding lander Philae, and Rosetta’s final descent to the comet’s surface.
The images were delivered by the OSIRIS camera team to ESA in May and have now been processed and released in both the Archive Image Browser and the Planetary Science Archive.
The Archive Image Browser also hosts images captured by the spacecraft’s Navigation Camera, while the Planetary Science Archive contains publicly available data from all eleven science instruments onboard Rosetta – as well as from ESA’s other Solar System exploration missions.
The final batch of high-resolution images from Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera covers the period from late July 2016 to the mission end on 30 September 2016. It brings the total count of images from the narrow- and wide-angle cameras to nearly 100,000 across the spacecraft’s 12-year journey through space, including early flybys of Earth, Mars and two asteroids before arriving at the comet.

The spacecraft’s trajectory around the comet changed progressively during the ...

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