As­ter­oid Ryugu im­aged from a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 40 kilo­me­tres

Asteroid Ryugu imaged from a distance of approximately 40 kilometres
As­ter­oid Ryugu im­aged from a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 40 kilo­me­tres
Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo & collaborators.

Asteroid Ryugu imaged from a distance of approximately 40 kilometres

As­ter­oid Ryugu im­aged from a dis­tance of 40 kilo­me­tres on 24 June 2018, dur­ing the ap­proach of the Hayabusa2 space­craft. The im­age was ac­quired by the ‘Op­ti­cal Nav­i­ga­tion Cam­era – Tele­scop­ic’ (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2. The im­age shows a par­tic­u­lar­ly large crater near the equa­tor and the un­usu­al an­gu­lar shape of the as­ter­oid. 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.

Asteroid Ryugu imaged from a distance of 40 kilometres on 24 June 2018, during the approach of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. The image was acquired by the ‘Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic’ (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2. The image shows a particularly large crater near the equator and the unusual angular shape of the asteroid. 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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