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Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude

Filed under pretty pictures, global views, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)

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Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude

ISAS / JAXA

Seen from this perspective, the asteroid reminded Hayabusa mission members of a sea otter:

Itokawa: A sea otter?

JAXA / Emily Lakdawalla

Itokawa: A sea otter?
Hayabusa's scientists see a sea otter in the shape of Itokawa, and refer to its parts as the "head," "neck," "body," and even the "shell" being clutched in the otter's paw.
Original image data dated on or about November 1, 2005

 

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