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Around Anuket
18-04-2016 03:44 PM CEST

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Around Anuket

Space Science Image of the Week: Around Anuket

Captured in this curious view are the Anuket region and its surroundings on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera (NavCam) on 13 March 2016, from a distance of 17 km, and measures about 1.5 km across.

However, if we briefly suspend disbelief and set our imagination free, we might be tricked into recognising the profile of a face, with the forehead and eyebrows on the left, a nose pointing upwards and even the hint of a smile. This is an effect of pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon whereby humans tend to identify familiar shapes in the vague patterns of random images.

In reality, the fictional face shows the rough landscape of Anuket, a region of rugged terrains on the small comet lobe and declining towards the large lobe, which is located beyond the lower-right corner of the image.

Read more about this image here.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam

Sentinel-1B being encapsulated within its Soyuz fairing
18-04-2016 01:57 PM CEST

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Sentinel-1B being encapsulated within its Soyuz fairing

Sentinel-1B satellite being encapsulated within its Soyuz fairing in preparation for the 22 April 2016 launch. This stage of the launch campaign took place on Friday 15 April in the S3B preparation building of the Guiana Space Centre.

Once in orbit, it will provide radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With the Sentinel-1 mission designed as a two-satellite constellation, Sentinel-1B will join its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, which was launched two years ago.

More about Sentinel-1:
www.esa.int/sentinel1

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

Sentinel-1B logo applied to the Soyuz fairing
18-04-2016 01:57 PM CEST

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Sentinel-1B logo applied to the Soyuz fairing

Sentinel-1B logo applied to the Soyuz fairing in preparation for the 22 April 2016 launch. This stage of the launch campaign took place on Friday 15 April in the S3B preparation building of the Guiana Space Centre.

Once in orbit, it will provide radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With the Sentinel-1 mission designed as a two-satellite constellation, Sentinel-1B will join its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, which was launched two years ago.

More about Sentinel-1:
www.esa.int/sentinel1

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

Soyuz VS14 upper composite in the S3B preparation building
18-04-2016 01:57 PM CEST

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Soyuz VS14 upper composite in the S3B preparation building

Soyuz VS14 upper composite in the S3B preparation building in preparation for the 22 April 2016 launch.

Once in orbit, it will provide radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With the Sentinel-1 mission designed as a two-satellite constellation, Sentinel-1B will join its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, which was launched two years ago.

More about Sentinel-1:
www.esa.int/sentinel1

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

Sentinel-1B being encapsulated within its Soyuz fairing
18-04-2016 01:57 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

Sentinel-1B being encapsulated within its Soyuz fairing

Sentinel-1B satellite being encapsulated within its Soyuz fairing in preparation for the 22 April 2016 launch. This stage of the launch campaign took place on Friday 15 April in the S3B preparation building of the Guiana Space Centre.

Once in orbit, it will provide radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With the Sentinel-1 mission designed as a two-satellite constellation, Sentinel-1B will join its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, which was launched two years ago.

More about Sentinel-1:
www.esa.int/sentinel1

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

Soyuz VS14 upper composite in the S3B preparation building
18-04-2016 01:57 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

Soyuz VS14 upper composite in the S3B preparation building

Soyuz VS14 upper composite in the S3B preparation building in preparation for the 22 April 2016 launch.

Once in orbit, it will provide radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

With the Sentinel-1 mission designed as a two-satellite constellation, Sentinel-1B will join its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, which was launched two years ago.

More about Sentinel-1:
www.esa.int/sentinel1

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2016

ASAP-S payload platform before the closure of the fairing
18-04-2016 09:43 AM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ASAP-S payload platform before the closure of the fairing

Sentinel-1B, Microscope and the PPOD with FYS CubeSats on the ASAP-S payload platform moments before the closure of the fairing.

Credit: ESA

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