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Hayabusa continues approaching Itokawa and the image of it has grown day by day.



Itokawa : 9/4 02:36 UTC (1), 9/6 03:32 UTC (2). (25 x 25 arc-minutes)


Image of Itokawa : Sept. 7, 16:00 (3: raw, 25 arc-min x 25 arc-min)
(4: processed)

  The image 3 is what Hayabusa took for Itokawa at 16:00 UTC on September 7
by the Visible Imager, AMICA. The v-band (540nm) filter was used with a
horizontal polarizer. Sun light illuminates Itokawa from a little left.
The image 4 was obtained via magnification, interpolation, sharpening and
contrast emphasizing technique. The AMICA team today gave no particular
comment about terrain or shade as for this image, while they looked at it
carefully with calm but hectic discussion. The analysis does continue together
with more images taken from now on.
The distance to Itokawa is about 220km and Hayabusa is approaching Itokawa
at the speed of about 7 km/h.