Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL / JHUAPL / UMD / JAXA / ESA / OSIRIS team / Russian Academy of Sciences / China National Space Agency. Processed by Emily Lakdawalla, Daniel Machacek, Ted Stryk, Gordan Ugarkovic.

My ever-popular asteroids-and-comets montage, now in color, with bonus Toutatis

Posted By Emily Lakdawalla

2012/12/18 04:26 CST

My collage of all the asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft is probably the single most popular image I have ever posted on this blog. I’ve now updated it to be in color and to include Toutatis, which Chang’E 2 photographed last week. When I first started working on a color version, it didn’t seem to hang together very well as a composition, because the colors were all over the map. But when I hit upon the idea of trying to represent the bodies with correct relative brightness, it seemed to come together nicely. Vesta is not included because it dwarfs the others. (I’d have to increase the height and width of the montage by factors of three.)

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