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

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Tunnistus:eso1144a
Tyyppi:Planetaarinen
Julkaisupäivä:11. marraskuuta 2011 10:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1144
Koko:1846 x 1954 px

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Nimi:Asteroid (21) Lutetia
Tyyppi:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Kategoria:Solar System

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