As­ter­oid Ryugu im­aged from a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 22 kilo­me­tres

Asteroid Ryugu imaged from a distance of approximately 22 kilometres
As­ter­oid Ryugu im­aged from a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 22 kilo­me­tres
Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST.

Asteroid Ryugu imaged from a distance of approximately 22 kilometres

On 26 June 2018, the Japanese Op­ti­cal Nav­i­ga­tion Cam­era – Tele­scop­ic (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2 im­aged the as­ter­oid Ryugu from a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 22 kilo­me­tres, short­ly be­fore it ar­rived. The ONC was de­vel­oped and built un­der the lead­er­ship of JAXA in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo, Kochi Uni­ver­si­ty, Rikkyo Uni­ver­si­ty, Nagoya Uni­ver­si­ty, Chi­ba In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, Mei­ji Uni­ver­si­ty, Aizu Uni­ver­si­ty and the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced In­dus­tri­al Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy (AIST) with con­tract­ed con­tri­bu­tions from the com­pa­ny NEC.

On 26 June 2018, the Japanese Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2 imaged the asteroid Ryugu from a distance of approximately 22 kilometres, shortly before it arrived. The ONC was developed and built under the leadership of JAXA in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) with contracted contributions from the company NEC.

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