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Itokawa Image on September 10

Hayabusa continues approaching Itokawa, and its image is growing day by day. The left image is taken at 15:00 UTC on September 10 by the visible imager, AMICA. The distance from Hayabusa to Itokawa is approximately 30 km. The right image was obtained at 16:42 UTC on the day. The left image shows different face from the last release. Itokawa rotates about 50 degrees between left and right images. Surface features are more clearly seen.

Images of Itokawa: Sept. 10 (1 deg. x 1 deg.)
Left: 15:00 UTC Right: 16:42 UTC
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September 11, 2005