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Hayabusa continues approaching Itokawa, and its image is growing day by day
.The left image is taken at 16:28 UTC on September 9 by the visible imager,
AMICA.The distance from Hayabusa to Itokawa is approximately 70 km.The
right image was obtained at 18:11 UTC on the day.Itokawa rotates about 50
degrees between left and right images, and the irregular shape of Itokawa is
clearly seen.Some features such as craters are also seen in these images.


Images of Itokawa:Sept. 9(25 arc-min x 25 arc-min)Left:16:28 UTCRight:18:11 UTC