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Emily LakdawallaNovember 19, 2005

Closer still to Itokawa

Hayabusa reached an altitude of about 560 meters above Hayabusa at 17:30 UTC.

EDIT: and at 18:00 UTC they are at 500 meters. This is still farther above the asteroid than the asteroid is big...there is still a long way to go before Hayabusa touches down...

Itokawa as Hayabusa descends, November 19 at 17:07 UTC

Read more: mission status, pretty pictures, asteroids, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C)

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