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Radar images of asteroid 4179 Toutatis from the 2012 close approach

Radar images of asteroid 4179 Toutatis from the 2012 close approach

JPL / Courtesy Lance Benner

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.

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

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about December 3, 2012

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