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After being postponed earlier in the week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Hayabusa-2 space probe successfully lifted off early Wednesday morning local time, officially beginning its six-year mission to collect samples from a distant C-type asteroid known as 1999 JU3.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it plans to send a space cannon out to blast the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 with a metal bullet in 2018.
Following the success of its Hayabusa mission, the Japanese space agency JAXA is shooting for another asteroid in 2018.
Despite its relatively small budget, Japanâ€™s space program has courageously reached for the heavens, pioneering solar-powered galactic travel, exploring a distant asteroid and planning a robot base on the Moon.
JAXA said Monday that its Hayabusa space probe, which returned to Earth last month, collected â€œminute particlesâ€ of what it hopes is asteroid dust from the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid.
Japan's Hayabusa asteroid space probe ended its multi-billion-mile journey when its capsule arrived back at a research center outside Tokyo.
An official said Tuesday that Japan's space agency has applied for a Guinness World Records listing after its Hayabusa space probe returned from a seven-year journey to an ancient asteroid.
A planeload of scientists and specialized instruments aboard NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory is scheduled to depart NASAâ€™s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility at Palmdale, Calif, for Australia Tuesday evening, June 8, to catch a glimpse of the fiery return of a Japanese spacecraft to Earth on June 13.
The Japanese government said on Wednesday that the Hayabusa spacecraft, which has journeyed to an asteroid, is expected to return to Earth at a remote site in the Australian outback sometime in June.
Japan's space agency said Tuesday it had re-established partial contact with a problem-plagued probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid, but a fuel leak could cut communications again.
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