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Preliminary results of the multiband imager of the Hayabusa mission

Thursday, March 23, 2006
Hideaki "Hirdy"
Miyamoto (Dept. of Geosystem Engineering, University of Tokyo / PSI)

The Japanese asteroid exploration spacecraft Hayabusa rendezvoused with the near-Earth asteroid, (25143) Itokawa in the summer of 2005. During the observation phase, the onboard camera (AMICA) obtained more than 1,000 images of this tiny asteroid (550m x 298m x 244m), whose surprisingly complex diversities in surface morphologies have been revealed. Hayabusa science team is now actively working on these data, and thus I'll present some initial results of these efforts.

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