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New Space Photos: A Relic Of The Solar System's Birth?

Europe's Rosetta space probe performed a pretty impressive feat this weekend. Trucking along at about 10 miles per hour — more than 280 million miles from Earth — it did a "fly-by" photoshoot of Asteroid Lutetia. Scientists have long wondered about the asteroid's unusual shape, but this is their first close-up look. The photos reveal a craggy surface, suggesting that Lutetia may be as old as it gets — a remnant of the solar system's birth.

According to this article, "The probe used multi-wavelength cameras and spectrometers, magnetic field and plasma experiments, dust instruments and a radio science experiment to collect as much information as possible."

Um, I think I'll stick to my camera.

Asteroid Lutetia fades in the shadow after Rosetta's passing ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team hide caption

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ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team

Asteroid Lutetia fades in the shadow after Rosetta's passing

ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team