An image of the strange asteroid Lutetia from the ESA Rosetta probe

This image of the unusual asteroid Lutetia was taken by ESA’s Rosetta probe during its closest approach in July 2010. Lutetia, which is about 100 kilometres across, seems to be a leftover fragment of the same original material that formed the Earth, Venus and Mercury. It is now part of the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but its composition suggests that it was originally much closer to the Sun.

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ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

À propos de l'image

Identification:eso1144a
Type:Planétaire
Date de publication:11 novembre 2011 10:00
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso1144
Taille:1846 x 1954 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:Asteroid (21) Lutetia
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Catégorie:Solar System

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