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Science Team Determines Composition of Asteroid Itokawa - Universe Today
Asteroid Itokawa. Image credit: JAXA. Click to enlarge Itokawa, a spud-shaped, near-Earth asteroid, consists mainly of the minerals olivine and pyroxene, a mineral composition similar to a class of stony meteorites that have pelted Earth in the past. This asteroid ingredient list, published in Science, comes courtesy of Hayabusa, the spacecraft launched in 2003 by … Continue reading "Science Team Determines Composition of Asteroid Itokawa"