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Vega image of Halleys comet

Vega image of Halleys comet


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Vega image of Halleys comet

False-colour image of Halleys comet taken by the soviet spaceprobe Vega 1 as it approached the comet on March 5, 1986. Vega 1 passed less than 9000 km from the comets nucleus on 6 March, and was followed three days later by the second soviet spaceprobe, Vega 2. Both craft studied the dust and gases emitted by the nucleus

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Comet Halley Cometary Cosmology Dust Nucleus 1985 86


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This print showcases the mesmerizing beauty of Halley's Comet, as captured by the Soviet spaceprobe Vega 1 on March 5,1986. The false-color image reveals stunning details of this celestial phenomenon as it approached the comet. Vega 1 ventured remarkably close to the nucleus of Halley's Comet, passing within a mere distance of less than 9000 km on March 6th. It was soon followed by its companion spacecraft, Vega 2, just three days later. Together, these pioneering probes embarked on an extraordinary mission to study and unravel the mysteries hidden within the dust and gases emitted by the comet's nucleus. The photograph not only serves as a testament to human ingenuity but also provides invaluable insights into cometary science and cosmology. By meticulously examining the composition and behavior of these cosmic particles, scientists can gain a deeper understanding of our universe's origins and evolution. As we gaze upon this awe-inspiring image from Science Photo Library, we are reminded of humanity's relentless pursuit of knowledge beyond Earth's boundaries. It symbolizes our insatiable curiosity about distant worlds and our unwavering commitment to unraveling their secrets.

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