Asteroid Ryugu As Seen By Hayabusa 2 On Approach

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Asteroid Ryugu

The onboard ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic) imaged Ryugu from June 18, 2018 at around 12:00 JST to June 20 at around 19:00 JST.

At 12:00 JST on June 18, the distance between the spacecraft and asteroid was about 220km, and this decreased to about 100km by June 20, 19:00 JST.

Asteroid Ryugu photographed using the ONC-T. Image processing has been used to interpolate between the pixels during enlargement and emphasize light and dark regions (brightness squared). Images were taken between June 18, 2018 at around 12:00 JST and June 20 at around 19:00 JST.

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

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