Images Itokawa in multiple spectral bands to determine its shape and surface features, and to map mineral distributions.

Pricipal Investigator: Jun Saito (JAXA/ISAS)

Ref.: Nakamura et al., 2001. Multi-band imaging camera and its sciences for the Japanese near-earth asteroid mission MUSES-C. Earth Planets Space, 53, 1047-1063.

Measures the near-infrared spectrum to determine the distribution and abundance of surface minerals like olivine and pyroxene.

Pricipal Investigator: Masanao Abe (JAXA/ISAS)

Ref.: Abe et al., 2004. Characteristics and current status of near infrared spectrometer for Hayabusa mission. Lunar & Planet. Sci. XXXV, 1724.

A laser altimeter that measure the range to the surface to build up high resolution topographic profiles. This data will give an accurate spacecraft poistion and a global shape model of Itokawa.

Pricipal Investigator: Tadashi Mukai (Kobe Univ.)

Ref.: Mukai et al., 2002. Detection of mass, shape and surface roughness of target asteroid of MUSES-C by LIDAR. Adv. Space Res., 29, 8, 1231-1235.

Detects x-ray fluorescence from elements on the asteroid surface excited by solar x-rays to determine the chemical composition of surface materials.

Pricipal Investigator: Tatsuaki Okada (JAXA/ISAS)

Ref.: Okada et al., 2000. X-ray fluorescence spectrometer onboard Muses-C. Adv. Space Res., 25, 2, 345-348.