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Encounter Imagery

Encounter Imagery

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.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

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.