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11/05/2010 12:15 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Comet PHOTOS: Hartley 2 Captured By Deep Impact Craft

NASA has released new photos of the Hartley 2 comet, up-close, high-resolution images of the approximately 1.4-mile-long comet core.

The images, taken millions of miles from Earth, show the comet somewhat resembling a peanut or chicken drumstick, NPR reports.

NASA Mission Scientist Don Yeomans observed about the comet, "It's hyperactive, small and feisty."

The AP reports that Hartley 2 passed within 11 million miles of Earth on Oct. 20 -- the closest it has been to our planet since its discovery in 1986.

See the comet photos below, via NASA.

Comet Photos Relayed By Deep Impact Spacecraft