posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 08:57 AM
Hey there, Itokawa is listed there but not by its name but rather by its object number and designation which is 25143 1998 SF36 .
I am sure things are going to be cool with Itokawa.
Asteroid Itakowa is about to fly by Earth. At closest approach (5 lunar distances) on June 26th, it will be about as bright as a 13th magnitude
star--an easy target for large backyard telescopes in the southern hemisphere (ephemeris). Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft is en route to Itakowa now.
After catching the asteroid in 2005, Hayabusa will gather samples of the space rock and return them to Earth in 2007.