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Itokawa Image on September 8

Hayabusa continues approaching Itokawa, and its image is growing day by day. The left image is taken at 16:15 UTC on September 8 by the visible imager, AMICA. The v-band (540nm) filter was used. The distance from Hayabusa to Itokawa is approximately 125 km. The right image was obtained via magnification, interpolation, sharpening and contrast emphasizing technique. The image is now under analysis of AMICA scientists.

Images of Itokawa: Sept. 8, 16:15 UTC (25 arc-min x 25 arc-min)
Left: raw Right: Processed
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September 9, 2005