Giotto (ESA Halley Probe)
The probe was named after the Italian painter, architect, and sculptor Giotto di Bondone (1266–1337) whose fresco, Adorazione dei Magi (Adoration of the Magi), painted sometime between 1304 and 1306, features an accurately represented comet above the Nativity stable. The fresco's realistic portrayal strongly suggests that it was based on the artist's first-hand observation of the comet during its appearance in the skies over Europe in October 1301.
Related entry comet and asteroid missions
Related category SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES
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