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Ouarkziz crater
30-09-2016 03:36 PM CEST

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Ouarkziz crater

Part of the Anti-Atlas mountains bordering the Sahara Desert in western Algeria is pictured in this satellite image.

The Anti-Atlas range was born from continental collision, and geologists believe it was once higher than the Himalayas, but was reduced through erosion.

Here the land is mostly dry and barren as the mountains belong to the Saharan climate zone. But some stream channels created by occasional water runoff or from when the climate was much wetter than today, are visible.

The circle at the centre of the image is the Ouarkziz crater. Some 3.5 km across, the crater was created when a meteor hit Earth less than 70 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the planet.

This image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 9 March.

Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA

Rosetta’s last image
30-09-2016 02:03 PM CEST

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Rosetta's last image

Rosetta’s last image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken with the OSIRIS wide-angle camera shortly before impact, at an estimated altitude of about 20 m above the surface.

The initially reported 51 m was based on the predicted impact time. Now that this has been confirmed, and following additional information and timeline reconstruction, the estimated distance is now thought to be around 20 metres, and analysis is ongoing

The image scale is about 5 mm/pixel and the image measures about 2.4 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 1.2 km narrow-angle camera
30-09-2016 01:20 PM CEST

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Comet from 1.2 km narrow-angle camera

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 10:14 GMT from an altitude of about 1.2 km during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.

The image scale is about 2.3 cm/pixel and the image measures about 33 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet landing site
30-09-2016 01:13 PM CEST

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Comet landing site

Sequence of images captured by Rosetta during its descent to the surface of Comet 67P/C-G on 30 September.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 5.7 km distance by narrow-angle camera
30-09-2016 12:54 PM CEST

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Comet from 5.7 km distance by narrow-angle camera

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 08:21 GMT during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.

The image scale is about 11 cm/pixel and the image measures about 225 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 5.8 km narrow-angle camera
30-09-2016 11:29 AM CEST

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Comet from 5.8 km narrow-angle camera

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 08:18 GMT from an altitude of about 5.8 km during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.
The image scale is about 11 cm/pixel and the image measures about 225 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 8.9 km narrow-angle camera
30-09-2016 10:11 AM CEST

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Comet from 8.9 km narrow-angle camera

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 06:53 GMT from an altitude of about 8.9 km during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.

The image scale is about 17 cm/pixel and the image measures about 350 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 18.1 km – NavCam
30-09-2016 09:02 AM CEST

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Comet from 18.1 km – NavCam

Single frame enhanced NavCam image taken on 30 September 2016 at 00:27 GMT, when Rosetta was 18.1 km from the centre of the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The scale at the surface is about 1.5 m/pixel and the image measures about 1.6 km across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_from_18.1_…

Comet from 18.7 km – NavCam
30-09-2016 09:02 AM CEST

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Comet from 18.7 km – NavCam

Single frame enhanced NavCam image taken on 29 September 2016 at 23:56 GMT, when Rosetta was 18.7 km from the centre of the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The scale at the surface is about 1.6 m/pixel and the image measures about 1.6 km across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_from_18.7_…

Comet from 20 km – NavCam
30-09-2016 09:02 AM CEST

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Comet from 20 km – NavCam

Single frame enhanced NavCam image taken on 29 September 2016 at 22:53 GMT, when Rosetta was 20 km from the centre of the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The scale at the surface is about 1.7 m/pixel and the image measures about 1.7 km across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_from_20_km…

Comet from 19.4 km – NavCam
30-09-2016 09:02 AM CEST

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Comet from 19.4 km – NavCam

Single frame enhanced NavCam image taken on 29 September 2016 at 23:25 GMT, when Rosetta was 19.4 km from the centre of the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The scale at the surface is about 1.7 m/pixel and the image measures about 1.7 km across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/09/Comet_from_19.4_…

Comet from 11.7 km – narrow-angle camera
30-09-2016 08:48 AM CEST

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Comet from 11.7 km – narrow-angle camera

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 05:25 GMT from an altitude of about 11.7 km during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.

The image scale is about 22 cm/pixel and the image measures about 450 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 15.5 km – wide-angle camera
30-09-2016 07:48 AM CEST

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Comet from 15.5 km – wide-angle camera

Rosetta’s OSIRIS wide-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 02:17 GMT from an altitude of about 15.5 km above the surface during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.

The image scale is about 1.56 m/pixel and the image measures about 3.2 km across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet from 17.4 km – NavCam
30-09-2016 07:41 AM CEST

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Comet from 17.4 km – NavCam

Single frame enhanced NavCam image taken on 30 September 2016 at 00:59 GMT, when Rosetta was 17.4 km from the centre of the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, about 15.4 km from the surface. The scale at the surface is about 1.5 m/pixel and the image measures about 1.5 km across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Comet from 16 km
30-09-2016 05:14 AM CEST

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Comet from 16 km

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 01:20 GMT from an altitude of about 16 km above the surface during the spacecraft’s final descent on 30 September.

The image scale is about 30 cm/pixel and the image measures about 614 m across.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet on 29 September 2016 – OSIRIS wide-angle camera
29-09-2016 10:03 PM CEST

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Comet on 29 September 2016 – OSIRIS wide-angle camera

OSIRIS wide-angle camera image taken at 11:49 GMT on 29 September 2016, when Rosetta was 22.9 km from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

On 30 September, Rosetta descends to the surface of the comet, targeting a region on the small comet’s lobe.

For live updates follow @ESA_Rosetta, @esaoperations and @esascience on Twitter and via rosetta.esa.int.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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