The EPOXI team expects to begin receiving imagery from the spacecraft starting about 30 minutes after closest approach, which is at approximately 14:00 UT (7:00 am PDT). The first images received will be those that were taken when the spacecraft was 18 hours out from its target. They will depict the comet nucleus as little more than a point of light, with the fuzzy coma surrounding it. A few of the close-approach images should be received on the ground one hour after the event occurs.
Additional images from before and after encounter will be posted in the regular gallery pages. This was a special page we put up to get these first downlinked images out to the public as quickly as possible.