Rosettas flyby of Steins

The first images from ESAs space probe Rosettas closest approach to the asteroid Steins are now available.

Images from Rosetta flyby of Steins

Images from Rosetta flyby of Steins

Steins is a main belt asteroid in orbit around the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Rosettas closest distance to Steins was 800 kilometers. Steins is about 5.9 by 4 kilometers large – mountain sized.

Emily Lakdawalla at The Planetary Society has updated her montage that compares the sizes of comets and asteroids that have been imaged. Here you can see the relative size of Steins to other objects imaged by space probes.

Relative sizes of asteroids and comets

Relative sizes of asteroids and comets

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2 Responses to Rosettas flyby of Steins

  1. Ken says:

    The Rosetta/Steins encounter……A closer look…..

    http://www.marsesa.9f.com/slide_show.html

  2. […] is named after the Rosetta stone. Rosetta passed by asteroid Steins 5th September […]

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