Itokawa

     

Itokawa

In 2005 the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa imaged the rugged terrain of Itokawa, a small asteroid 550 meters (about 1800 feet) across. After experiencing some difficulties, Hayabusa was able to land on the asteroid, collect a small sample, and return it to Earth in 2010.

Image Number: WEB12441-2012
Credit: JAXA
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