The Massive Image: Philae lander snaps a selfie because it passes by comet

The Big Picture: Philae lander snaps a selfie as it passes by comet

The European Area Company’s (ESA) Philae lander has a knack for taking selfies. Final month, it handed by Comet 67P/C-G at a distance of fifty km (31 miles) hooked up to the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft. This time round, Philae acquired even nearer earlier than snapping the image — coming inside sixteen km (10 miles). Within the picture above, you will discover one among Philae’s 14-meter (forty six-foot) lengthy photo voltaic arrays in a snapshot that mixes two photographs with totally different exposures for a correct visible. An on-board CIVA (Comet Infrared and Seen Analyser) employs a set of micro-cameras to seize panoramas used to review the floor. The Philae lander is about to depart Rosetta subsequent month to get a good nearer look when it’s going to land on the comet’s floor for additional analysis.

[Photo credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA]

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