Friday, April 27, 2007

Hayabusa data release

The ambitious Japanese asteroid project, Hayabusa, has released its data archive. The asteroid Itokawa was the target; whether they successfully picked up any of it might be known if the spacecraft returns to Earth successfully in 2010.

The imager on the spacecraft was AMICA, and the data archive is available here. A sample image would be this one, showing Itokawa truly is a rubble pile.

I took three filtered images taken during an Earth flyby and made the image above from them. I'll play with some of the Itowaka images as well and see what comes out of them.

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