PIA15776: Asteroid 1999 RQ36
Target Name: Asteroid
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
Product Size: 901 x 407 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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These series of radar images of asteroid 1999 RQ36 were obtained by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Sept 23, 1999.

NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., commonly called "Spaceguard," discovers these objects, characterizes some of them, and plots their orbits to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet. JPL manages the Near-Earth Object Program Office for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2012-05-23