Comet 103P/Hartley 2 – 30 Days from Closest Approach

Rendezvous Hartley 2
EPOXI orbit and Rendezvous with Hartley 2
Image Credit:
NASA / JPL-Caltech / UMD / GSFC / Tony Farnham

Hartley 2
Comet 103P/Hartley 2 on 25 September 2010
Image Credit: Credit: NASA / JPL / UMD

The Deep Impact spacecraft, re-purposed as EPOXI for the encounter with comet Hartley 2, is now 30 days from its rendezvous on 4 November 2010.

The image above left shows the orbit of the Earth, EPOXI and comet Hartley 2 leading up to the rendezvous.

The image above right is the most recent image of Hartley 2 taken from the Deep Impact spacecraft.

Additional information on the mission can be found here.

NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft captured this image of Hartley 2 in May of 2010.

Hartley 2 - WISE
Hartley 2 Imaged by WISE
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

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