ESA has just announced that it is putting 100,000 royalty-free photos online for everyone to use, provided they mention the author of the images. By respecting this only condition, everyone will be able to download and share the photos put online by the European Space Agency and captured by ESA’s Rosetta probe which studied Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
These images were sent to the European Space Agency by the team in charge with Osiris camera on the ESA’s Rosetta probe, after studying the pics in May 2018. Before they published the images, the ESA processed the photos to enhance their quality and sharpness.
The last batch of high-resolution images captured by the Rosetta probe covers the period from July 2016 until the end of the mission, which happened on September 30th, 2016.
Among others, these 100,000 images also contain the photos captured by Rosetta’s navigation camera and the data from the 11 scientific instruments onboard Rosetta, as well as pics from other ESA solar system exploration missions.
ESA made publicly available 100,000 images taken by ESA’s Rosetta probe which studied Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko
The total number of images obtained with Osiris wide-angle camera is 100,000, equivalent to 12 years of exploration in space. This includes the first overflights of Earth, Mars, and Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
ESA’s Rosetta trajectory around the comet changed gradually during the last two months of the mission, bringing the probe closer and closer to the surface of the comer.
Thanks to this, the probe was able to obtain spectacular images of the comet’s surface from only two kilometers above it. These images highlight the contrasts between the exquisite details of the smooth and dusty terrain of the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The uploading of the photos was made possible thanks to the Creative Commons BY-SA license.
All photos are currently available on the ESA’s Archive Image Browser and Planetary Science Archive websites. With this initiative, ESA hopes to raise public interest in space exploration and observation.