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Various maps of Ryugu from Hayabusa2's 23 August 2018 press briefing

Various maps of Ryugu from Hayabusa2's 23 August 2018 press briefing

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Various maps of Ryugu from Hayabusa2's 23 August 2018 press briefing
On 23 August, the Hayabusa2 team showed some preliminary science results and candidate landing sites, including these maps. Top left: topography of Ryugu measured relative to the mean asteroid radius of 450 meters. Top center: surface maximum temperatures along with the low- and mid-latitude landing site candidates for the sample collection. Top right: Candidate landing sites for the MASCOT hopper, ranked. Its initial landing could be in a cyan region, and its bounce will take it to a dark blue location nearby. Bottom left: surface spectral slope with candidate sample sites marked. Generally speaking, "blue" slopes are thought of as fresher surfaces than "red" slopes. Bottom right: albedo map with landing regions for the MINERVA II rovers marked.

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Original image data dated on or about August 23, 2018

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