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Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude

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

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Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude


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.

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


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