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First True-Colour Image Of Comet 67P

01/12/2014 10:29 GMT | Updated 01/12/2014 10:59 GMT

This blurry red image is in fact the first 'true-colour' image of Comet 67P courtesy of everyone's favourite comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta.

If you're wondering why it looks blurry then don't worry, the camera isn't broken, it's just that during the exposure time Comet 67P decided to move ever so slightly.

The resulting composite image uses three separate RGB channels all of which were taken at different times, so when combined the movement becomes more apparent.

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This is the first 'true-colour' image of the comet since Rosetta came within visual range and will be the first of many that the spacecraft will start taking.

Rosetta's main camera is called OSIRIS and has -- thus far -- proven to be an invaluable part of the toolkit available to ESA scientists while also capturing some of the most stunning pictures of space we've ever seen.