Halley - Giotto

Raw image of nucleus of comet Halley from 20,000 km

Giotto Multicolor Camera clear filter image of the nucleus of Halley's comet taken from a distance of 20,160 km about 5 minutes before closest approach. Closest approach occurred 14 March 1986 at 00:03:02 UT at a distance of 596 km. The nucleus is about 16 x 8 x 8 km in size. Halley has an orbital period just over 76 years and will return in 2062. (Giotto, HMC 01814, image rights - European Space Agency)
Larger image: 60K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1986-03-13 T 23:58:07
Distance/Range (km): 20,159.877
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, nucleus
Instrument: Halley Multicolor Camera (HMC)- sensor C
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 390 x 292
Instrument Field of View (deg): 1.5 x 1.5
Filter: clear
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: HAL_0025
NASA Image ID number: HMC01814
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams, dave.williams@nasa.gov, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander, jay.s.friedlander@nasa.gov, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Dr. David R. Williams, David.R.Williams@nasa.gov

Last updated: 31 March 2016