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Spinning-top asteroids, from Rosetta to Hayabusa2 – and maybe Hera

18 Jul 2018, 06:13 UTC
Spinning-top asteroids, from Rosetta to Hayabusa2 – and maybe Hera JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST

As Japan’s Hayabusa2 drew closer to its target Ryugu asteroid, a strange new planetoid came into view – but one with a somewhat familiar shape. This distinct ‘spinning top’ asteroid class has been seen repeatedly in recent years, and might give a foretaste of things to come for ESA’s proposed Hera mission.

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