Our solar system images

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PR01 Our Solar System Figure 1

Description: The inner (terrestrial) planets. The images shown here are not to scale.

Credits: NASA-APL; ESA/MPS/DLR/IDA, M. Pérez-Ayúcar & C. Wilson; NASA; ESA/Rosetta OSIRIS team





PR01 Our Solar System Figure 2

Description: The outer (giant) planets. The images shown here are not to scale.

Credits: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon; NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute; DLR; NASA/JPL




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 3

Description: Examples of moons in the Solar System. The images shown here are not to scale.

Credits: Gregory H. Revera; NASA/JPL-Caltech; ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)





PR01 Our Solar System Figure 4

Description: A composite showing the different shapes and sizes of asteroids and comets. The comets are the four objects at the bottom of the figure.

Credits: Created from a montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Ida, Dactyl, Braille, Annefrank, Gaspra, Borrelly: NASA / JPL / Ted Stryk. Steins: ESA/ OSIRIS team. Eros: NASA / JHUAPL. Itokawa: ISAS / JAXA / Emily Lakdawalla. Mathilde: NASA / JHUAPL / Ted Stryk. Lutetia: ESA / OSIRIS team / Emily Lakdawalla. Halley: Russian Academy of Sciences / Ted Stryk. Tempel 1: NASA / JPL / UMD. Wild 2: NASA / JPL.




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 5

Description: Photo of the comet Hale-Bopp taken in Croatia

Credits: Philipp Salzgeber




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 6

Description: Comet 1P/Halley depicted on the Bayeux tapestry (top centre).

Credits: Public domain




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 7

Description: Giotto ready for the solar simulation test.

Credits: ESA




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 8

Description: Image of the nucleus of Comet 1P/Halley as viewed by Giotto.

Credits: ESA. Courtesy of MPAe, Lindau




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 9

Description: Image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko using Rosetta’s NAVCAM taken on 19 September 2014 when Rosetta was less than 30 kilometres from the comet.

Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 10

Description: Artist’s impression of the Rosetta spacecraft with the Philae lander on its way to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Credits: Spacecraft: ESA–J. Huart, 2014; Comet image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA




PR01 Our Solar System Figure 11

Description: Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the lower left corner.

Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA