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Radar images of asteroid 4179 Toutatis from the 2012 close approach

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Radar images of asteroid 4179 Toutatis from the 2012 close approach Asteroid 4179 Toutatis approached within 7 million kilometers of Earth on December 12, 2012, and the Goldstone and Arecibo radio telescopes were watching. This image was taken on December 3.

JPL / Courtesy Lance Benner

Visit the JPL asteroid radar astronomy website for more information about this approach: http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/Toutatis2012/Toutatis2012_planning.html

Original image data dated on or about December 3, 2012

 

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