Deep space fly-by: Incredible pictures taken by Chinese probe passing asteroid show giant rock 4.5 million miles from Earth

The Chang'e-2 probe successfully conducted the mission to scan the surface of the potato-shaped asteroid Toutatis (inset left). It happened on December 13 at 16.30om Beijing Time, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced today. The flyby was the first time an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth has taken such a close viewing of the asteroid, named after a Celtic god. Source: The Coming Crisis

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