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Hayabusa2 after touchdown

Hayabusa2 after touchdown

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

Hayabusa2 after touchdown
Hayabusa2 snapped this picture of Ryugu on on 22 February 2019 at 22:30 UTC. The picture was taken during ascent from less than 30 meters, immediately after touchdown, with the ONC-W1 camera. Hayabusa2's shadow can be seen, along with a dark splotch where the spacecraft's thrusters blew away lighter materials on Ryugu's surface.

The target marker is actually visible in this image:

Hayabusa2 Ascends

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

Hayabusa2 Ascends
Hayabusa2 snapped this picture while ascending from its sample grab. Hayabusa2’s shadow can be seen along with a dark splotch where the spacecraft’s thrusters lifted dust and fragments off Ryugu’s surface. The yellow arrow points to the bright target marker.

JAXA images may be reused for educational or informational purposes, with restrictions. Visit JAXA's website for more information on their image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about February 22, 2019

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