How Big is Asteroid Itokawa?

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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The pictures here are to give some idea of the size of the tiny asteroid Itokawa. It's about 1-1/2 times as long as an aircraft carrier and, if we count end zones, about 5 football fields long, 3 high and 2 wide. The asteroid is seen here oriented diagonally to our line of sight, so it doesn't appear as long as it really is.


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Created 17 December 2007, Last Update 25 May 2011

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