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Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of June 2018, in color, excepting Vesta

Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of June 2018, in color, excepting Vesta

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Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL / JHUAPL / UMD / JAXA / ESA / OSIRIS team / Russian Academy of Sciences / China National Space Agency. Processed by Emily Lakdawalla, Daniel Machacek, Ted Stryk, Gordan Ugarkovic.

Asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft as of June 2018, in color, excepting Vesta
A montage of 17 of the 18 asteroids and comets that have been photographed up close as of June 2018, when Hayabusa2 arrived at Ryugu. This version is in color but does not show the bodies at their correct relative albedo or brightness. Not included are Vesta or Ceres, both of which are many times larger than Lutetia. This is a provisional version for 2018. Bennu is currently represented by a gray dot; later in the year, that dot will be replaced by a new OSIRIS-REx image, and this image will be updated.

For other versions (with correct relative albedo, rearranged, and/or with differently organized text) contact Emily Lakdawalla

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Daniel Macháček : Emily Lakdawalla : Gordan Ugarkovic : Ted Stryk

Original image data dated on or about June 25, 2018

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