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Three Tiny Near-Earth Objects

Three Tiny Near-Earth Objects

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Emily Lakdawalla, using data from JAXA/ISAS (Ryugu, Itokawa) and NASA/JPL/U. Arizona (Bennu)

Three Tiny Near-Earth Objects
Hayabusa2’s target asteroid, Ryugu, is very small but still larger than OSIRIS-REx’s Bennu and Hayabusa’s Itokawa. All have boulder-rich surfaces, but Ryugu and Bennu have less dust and fine gravel than Itokawa. Each closeup is 60 meters wide.

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Original image data dated on or about June 1, 2019

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