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In 2005, Itokawa became the first asteroid from which samples were captured and brought to Earth for analysis. The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa (Japanese for falcon) touched down twice on the asteroid and collected a small amount of dust despite the failure of the mechanism designed for the purpose. It delivered the sample to Earth on 13 June 2010.

25143 Itokawa - Overview | Planets - NASA Solar System Exploration

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Saturns moon Tethys Canvas Art - Stocktrek Images (28 x 28)

Saturns moon Tethys Canvas Art - Stocktrek Images (28 x 28)

The vast expanse of the crater Odysseus spreads out below Cassini in this mosaic view of Saturn's moon Tethys.

Ceres rotating

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March

Asteroid Jiggles Like a Jar of Mixed Nuts   >>>   Image of the near-Earth asteroid Itokawa. The boulder-free areas appear relatively smooth and are filled with small, uniformly sized particles.

Asteroid Jiggles Like a Jar of Mixed Nuts >>> Image of the near-Earth asteroid Itokawa. The boulder-free areas appear relatively smooth and are filled with small, uniformly sized particles.

Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft that…

Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft that cre.

Ce mercredi 19 avril 2017, à 14 h 24 min, un astéroïde va « frôler » la Terre...

Rosetta's Lander Has Found Organic Molecules on a Comet - Astronomy, Biology

Rosetta's Lander Has Found Organic Molecules on a Comet

The comet photo by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera in August 2014 from a distance of 285 km. The comet is about 4 km in diameter with a rotating period of hours. It is moving through space at a speed of km per hour.

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Asteroids

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October 29, 1991: The Galileo spacecraft made its closest approach to asteroid 951 Gaspra, taking this photograph (enhanced with false color). | Photo credit: NASA

Asteroid : Gaspra - In this color varied image, enhancements highlight changes in reflectivity, surface structure and composition. The illuminated portion of Gaspra is about 11 miles km) long

Asteroid Vesta is home to some of the most impressive cliffs in the Solar System

10 km high cliffs on asteroid Vesta, a 500 kilometer space rock orbited by the Dawn spacecraft

The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, as imaged by the framing camera on Nasa's Dawn spacecraft in September 2011  NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Giant asteroid 'resembles planet'

The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, as imaged by the framing camera on Nasa's Dawn spacecraft in September 2011 NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Full View of Vesta | Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA (#spaceimage)

Full View of Asteroid Vesta

This mosaic synthesizes some of the best views Dawn spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

Southern border of Galileo Regio, Ganymede | The Planetary Society

Southern border of Galileo Regio, Ganymede | The Planetary Society

Like Frankenstein's monster, Miranda looks like it was pieced together from parts that didn't quite merge properly. At about 500 km in diameter, it's only one-seventh as large as Earth's moon, a size that seems unlikely to support much tectonic activity. Yet Miranda sports one of the strangest and most varied landscapes among extraterrestrial bodies, including three large features known as "coronae," which are unique among known objects in our solar system.

Image taken by the Voyager 2 probe during its close approach on January with a resolution of about 700 m ft).

Europa Jupiters Moon

Learn Something · This is what Jupiter's moon Europa looks like. It has an ocean that may hold all the ingredients needed for life.

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