Close to the Ryugu asteroid

Image of the Ryugu asteroid from a distance of six kilometres
Close to the Ryugu asteroid
On 20 July 2018, the Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) of the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft – took this image of asteroid Ryugu from a distance of six kilometres. Clearly visible are the numerous large rocks on the asteroid’s surface as well as the large craters in the middle of the image. One pixel corresponds to 60 centimetres.

JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST, Kobe University, Auburn University.