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Photos: Europe's Rosetta Comet Mission in Pictures

Four-Image Montage of Comet 67P/C-G

SA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Rosetta spacecraft produced this four-image montage of comet 67P/C-G, with images taken on Sept. 19, 2014. Black borders separate the images, and there is some overlap.

Comet 67P on Sept. 19, 2014

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Rosetta spacecraft obtained this four-image NAVCAM mosaic of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with images taken on Sept. 19, 2014, when it was 18 miles (28.6 km) from the comet.

Rosetta Philae Lander Comet Target J

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

On Sept. 15, 2014, the European Space Agency unveiled the target landing site for its comet-chasing Rosetta mission. The target, Landing Site J, is marked in this image. Rosetta's Philae lander will aim for the drop zone on Nov. 11, 2014.

Landing Site J: Comet Landing Site for Rosetta

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The features of Landing Site J on Comet 67P can be seen in this image by Rosetta.

Comet 67P Landing Site Near Comet Head

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team

The crosshairs marks the spot for Rosetta's Philae comet landing on Comet 67P.

Rosetta Comet Landing Site in 3D

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

This image shows a 3D view of the target landing site near the "head" of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander. This image was created from two photos snapped by Rosetta on Aug. 26, 2014.

Philae Candidate Landing Sites

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/ID

Researchers identified 5 candidate landing sites for Philae spacecraft on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on August 23–24, 2014.

Landing Site C: Rosetta's Backup Landing Target

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

This image shows Landing Site C, a backup landing target, on the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The landing site will only be used for Rosetta's Philae lander if some issue comes up with its primary target, Landing Site J, ESA scientists say.

Map of Rosetta's Comet

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

A newly released map depicts the "belly" and part of the "head" of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This map shows several morphologically different regions. Image posted Sept. 11, 2014.

Philae Touchdown

ESA/ATG Medialab

A still frame from an animated video shows Philae lander after separating from Rosetta spacecraft, and lowering itself to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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