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Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude

Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude


Itokawa from 90 degrees longitude
A global view taken on 1 November 2005.

Seen from this perspective, the asteroid reminded Hayabusa mission members of a sea otter:

Itokawa: A sea otter?

JAXA / Emily Lakdawalla

Itokawa: A sea otter?
Hayabusa's scientists see a sea otter in the shape of Itokawa, and refer to its parts as the "head," "neck," "body," and even the "shell" being clutched in the otter's paw.

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Original image data dated on or about November 1, 2005

Explore related images: BMSIL, photo taken from space, asteroid 25143 Itokawa, Hayabusa (MUSES-C), full-globe view

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