Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

. These four views of a radar-derived model of 4179 Toutatis show shallow craters, linear ridges and a deep topographic “neck”. It may have been sculpted by impacts into a single, coherent body, or this asteroid might consist of two separate objects that came together in a gentle collision. Toutatis is about 4.6 kilometers long. (Courtesy of Steven J. Ostro, JPL.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University