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Oriented gravels on Itokawa near Komaba crater

Oriented gravels on Itokawa near Komaba crater

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JAXA / ISAS / University of Tokyo

Oriented gravels on Itokawa near Komaba crater
This is one of the close-up views of Itokawa taken by Hayabusa during its first descent toward the asteroid on November 12, 2005. The scale of the full-size image is 1.6 centimeters per pixel. The cobbles in this image are clearly "imbricated," oriented and stacked on each other in a direction that indicates that the gravels have moved in a direction from left to right. This is the same direction as local downhill, moving toward the local low of Muses Sea.

Here is a context view.

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Original image data dated on or about November 12, 2005

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