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Rosetta's Self-Portrait
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Rosetta's Self-Portrait
Date: 18 May 2004

The European Space Agency's Rosetta comet-chaser took this picture of itself in space. The CIVA micro-imager on the Philae lander returned this image as part of its testing in May 2004.

The back of a solar panel is seen here, with contours on the panel are illuminated by sunlight and surfaces of the spacecraft main body are recognizable at lower right.

Credit: European Space Agency

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