Im­ages of the as­ter­oid Ryugu dur­ing the ap­proach

Images of the asteroid Ryugu during the approach
Im­ages of the as­ter­oid Ryugu dur­ing the ap­proach
Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo & collaborators.

Images of the asteroid Ryugu during the approach

Im­ages of the as­ter­oid Ryugu ac­quired be­tween 18 and 20 June 2018 by the Japanese Op­ti­cal Nav­i­ga­tion Cam­era – Tele­scop­ic (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2, dur­ing the space­craft’s ap­proach. Among oth­er things, a large rock with a di­am­e­ter of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 150 me­tres can be seen pro­trud­ing from the up­per part of Ryugu. This is clear­ly vis­i­ble be­cause part of the sur­face is more re­flec­tive. This could in­di­cate dif­fer­ences in the com­po­si­tion of the sur­face ma­te­ri­al. 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.

Images of the asteroid Ryugu acquired between 18 and 20 June 2018 by the Japanese Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) on board Hayabusa2, during the spacecraft’s approach. Among other things, a large rock with a diameter of approximately 150 metres can be seen protruding from the upper part of Ryugu. This is clearly visible because part of the surface is more reflective. This could indicate differences in the composition of the surface material. 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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