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Rosetta's view of the Moon

Status Report From: European Space Agency
Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005

Rosetta's view of the Moon 12:20 UTC

Enroute to a fly-by past Earth later this evening, Rosetta turned its navigation camera to the Moon, illuminated by the Sun. The first image was taken earlier today at 12:20 UTC, when Rosetta was 445,988 km from the surface of the Moon; the second was taken 2 hours and 50 minutes later.

In these images, Rosetta's navigation camera shows the Moon as seen from the night side. The first image was taken at 12:20 UTC, 4 March, when Rosetta was 445,988 km from the Moon's surface; the second was taken at 15:10 UTC, at a distance of 428,061 km. The images cover a field of view (FoV) of 2.5 degrees X 2.5 degrees.  

Rosetta's view of the Moon 15:10 UTC

Later on 4 March, Rosetta will pass by Earth at an altitude expected to be just 1954 km above the Pacific Ocean.

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