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MASCOT descending

MASCOT descending

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JAXA / Emily Lakdawalla

MASCOT descending
Three images taken by Hayabusa2's wide-angle navigation camera capture MASCOT falling toward Ryugu immediately after separation. The lander separated at 01:57:20 on 3 October, UTC; these images were taken 34, 44, and 54 seconds later. The images have been aligned and cropped to emphasize the motion of the lander.

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Original image data dated on or about October 3, 2018

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