Comet Dead Ahead
August 17, 2005
This image shows comet Tempel 1 as seen through the clear filter of the medium resolution imager camera on Deep Impact. It was taken on June 26, 2005, when the spacecraft was 7,118,499.4 kilometers (4,423,435 miles) away from the comet. Eight images were combined to create this picture, and a logarithmic stretch was applied to enhance the coma of the comet.
Topics: Discovery program, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Environment, Tempel 1, Stardust, Deep Impact, Rosetta, Comet