Buy this Comet Hartley 2 Snowstorm photo. High quality EPOXI space picture, poster, slide, or Duratrans backlit transparency. NASA photograph PIA13622. Wide variety of sizes. Click to see selection as Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - November 23, 2010
This close-up image from the High-Resolution Instrument on NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft shows part of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. The sun is illuminating the nucleus from the right. A distinct cloud of individual particles is visible. This image was obtained on Nov. 4, 2010, the day the EPOXI mission spacecraft made its closest approach to the comet.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the EPOXI mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The University of Maryland, College Park, is home to the mission's principal investigator, Michael A'Hearn. The spacecraft was built for NASA by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado.
For more information about EPOXI visit http://www.nasa.gov/epoxi and http://epoxi.umd.edu/.
Image Addition Date: November 18, 2010
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD