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What it is Like to Fly Past a Comet

Caption: This animation of the flyby is comprised of 40 frames taken from the spacecraft's Medium-Resolution Instrument during the encounter. The first image was taken at about 37 minutes (E-37m) before the time of closest approach at a distance of about 27,350 kilometers (17,000 miles). The last image was taken 30 minutes (E+30m) after closest approach at a distance of 22,200 kilometers (13,800 miles). The spacecraft was able to image nearly 50 percent of the comet's illuminated surface in detail.

Video Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD/Brown University


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