Yesterday we reported that the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will fly by an 80 mile 4.5 billion year old asteroid named Lutetia, and now we have a close up shot of the behemoth.
The spacecraft came within 2,000 miles of the asteroid and was able to capture images of Lutetia by using an OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) camera. The closest images got down to less than 200 feet in resolution. It’s amazing how peaceful the asteroid looks, lumpy craters and all. Then you remember things like this can destroy planets.
Rosetta actually has bigger plans than the Lutetia, with its end destination being the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We can’t wait to see those pictures.