Images of Lutetia

Rosetta
Lutetia from 60,000 km.
Image Credit: (C) ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The Rosetta spacecraft has now completed its fly-by of 21/Lutetia, discovered in 1852 by Hermann Goldschmidt from his Paris balcony. Lutetia was his first discovery, and the 21st confirmed asteroid. Goldschmidt would ultimately discover 13 more asteroids (Nos. 32,36,40,41,44,45,48,49,52,54,56,61 and 70).

Following the fly-by of Lutetia, Rosetta is headed for comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G) in 2014. Rosetta will spend two years circling the comet and observing its behavior as C-G plunges from 500 million miles from the Sun to 120 million miles at perihelion,and then back out towards the orbit of Jupiter.

While orbiting C-G, Rosetta will release Philae, designed to land on the comet.

Below are the latest release of images from the Rosetta OSIRIS camera of the Asteroid Lutetia.

Note the planet Saturn with its rings, sitting above the asteroid in the first image below, left.

See previous posts on Lutetia and Rosetta: Rosetta Encounters Lutetia and Rosetta.

Rosetta
Closing on Lutetia with Saturn above.
Image Credit: (C) ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta
Leaving Lutetia – Night side.
Image Credit: (C) ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta
Lutetia Closest Approach
Image Credit: (C) ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta
Lutetia – Crater Close Up
Image Credit: (C) ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta
Lutetia – GroovesClose Up
Image Credit: (C) ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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