Visibility of Halley's nucleus from the Giotto spacecraft

Y. Mekler, Y. J. Kaufman

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The theory of contrast reduction by a planetary atmosphere has been applied to compute the visibility of patterns on the nucleus of Halley's comet from the Giotto spacecraft through the dusty coma of the comet. Even for an optical thickness as high as 2 some details may be seen on the surface of the nucleus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1985
Externally publishedYes


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