Muses Sea on Asteroid Itokawa
Filed under pretty pictures, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)
This image of Itokawa shows the largest flat area on the asteroid, which lies near the midsection, and which the JAXA team has dubbed Muses Sea -- a word-play on the generic label of the spacecraft, MUSES-C, before it launched and was renamed Hayabusa.
ISAS / JAXA
Original image data dated on or about October 20, 2005