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During Hayabusa approach to Itokawa,the visible imager carried by Hayabusa succeeded in
taking multi-band filter photographs of Itokawa, as the asteroid rotated.
In the images, sunlight illuminates the asteroid from behind the camera, making the terrain
features appear more subdued.

 

 

 
   

September 11th, 09:24 (UTC), at 25 kilometers distance from Itokawa.
Field of view: 2 degrees by 2 degrees each.
Left: v (540nm) band monochrome.
Right: b (420nm), v (540nm), w (700nm) bands. These are synthesized
to a BVR image with equal weighting.

 

 
 
    A Rotation sequence observed on September 10th and 11th. (v-band) .
The rotation period is about 12 hours.