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Hayabusa 2 Approaches the Asteroid 162173 Ryugu!


The Hayabusa 2 mission, designed and operated by JAXA, is beginning its approach phase to its target, the C-type asteroid Ryugu. As the spacecraft gets closer the Optical Navigation Camera (ONC) acquires images at higher and higher spatial resolution, slowly revealing the asteroid’s surface properties. PSI scientists Deborah Domingue and Lucille Le Corre are guest scientists on this mission and are excited to participate in exploring this strange new world. For more info check out the Hayabusa 2 website:

Picture credits:

Asteroid Ryugu photographed using the ONC-T between June 18, 2018 at ~12:00 JST and June 20 at ~19:00 JST. These images are courtesy of the ONC Team.

ONC Team: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Koichi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu and AIST.

June 24, 2018
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