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Views of the Asteroid Toutatis, From Earth As Well As Close-Up 23

Posted by timothy
from the stone's-throw dept.
When Chinese probe Chang'e buzzed the asteroid Toutatis, it wasn't the only one watching. NASA's observatory in Goldstone, CA was taking radar images, which have now been assembled into a short (40-second) animation. The craft was recording the encounter, too, as reported by Sky & Telescope, which also gives a good summary of the history behind Chang'e's mission.
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Views of the Asteroid Toutatis, From Earth As Well As Close-Up

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  • Re:The good 'ol days (Score:5, Informative)

    by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @04:04PM (#42308301)

    Is it just me, or do the newer batch of asteroids resemble big poops? Back in my day, they resembled little moons. And get off my lawn!

    The smaller the asteroid, the less moony and the more poopy it looks, and all the substantially moony have already been found.

    Planetology also predicts that any sufficiently large poop becomes spherical and develops internal structure. Keep that in mind and don't forget to clean your back-in-my-days outhouse regularly!

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