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Old 11-14-2009, 06:34 PM   #8
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Default Re: Follow Rosetta’s final Earth boost

Rosetta sees a living planet

13 November 2009 Images and data taken just before closest approach were downloaded this morning, and they show the lights of North America in the night and a glowing Southern Hemisphere.

As Rosetta approached Earth, OSIRIS periodically imaged the Earth once every hour for 24 hours. The images from the green optical colour filter have been combined into a movie sequence. The images were taken beginning when Rosetta was 1.1 million km from Earth, until it came 320 000 km close.
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