02 June 2006
Vol 312, Issue 5778

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COVER The near-Earth asteroid 25143 Itokawa as imaged from the Hayabusa spacecraft. The view is from the direction of the longest axis (535 m; the other axes are 294 and 209 m). The surface is covered with a great number of large boulders. See the special section beginning on page 1327. Image: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency