The Ginger-shaped Asteroid 4179 Toutatis: New Observations from a Successful Flyby of Chang'e-2

  title={The Ginger-shaped Asteroid 4179 Toutatis: New Observations from a Successful Flyby of Chang'e-2},
  author={Jiangchuan Huang and Jianghui Ji and Peijian Ye and Xiaolei Wang and Jun Biao Yan and Linzhi Meng and Su Xing Wang and Chunlai Li and Yuan Li and Dong Qiao and Wei Zhao and Yuhui Zhao and Tingxin Zhang and Peng Liu and Ying Jiang and Wei Rao and Sheng Li and Changning Huang and Wing-Huen Ip and Shoucun Hu and Menghua Zhu and Liangliang Yu and Yongliao Zou and Xianglong Tang and Jianyang Li and Haibin Zhao and Hao Huang and Xiaojun Jiang and Jinming Bai},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
On 13 December 2012, Chang'e-2 conducted a successful flyby of the near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis at a closest distance of 770 ± 120 meters from the asteroid's surface. The highest-resolution image, with a resolution of better than 3 meters, reveals new discoveries on the asteroid, e.g., a giant basin at the big end, a sharply perpendicular silhouette near the neck region, and direct evidence of boulders and regolith, which suggests that Toutatis may bear a rubble-pile structure. Toutatis… CONTINUE READING
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