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2011-08-26 10:54:30

  Japanese scientists have determined that the most common meteorites found on Earth are born from stony asteroids. The Earth-bound asteroids, also known as ordinary chondrites, are among the most primitive objects in the solar system.  The researchers said that the discovery means these asteroids have been recording a long and rich history of early solar system events. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa spacecraft in 2003 to sample the surface...

2011-04-06 16:08:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that they have successfully operated a Japanese HAYABUSA low power microwave ion engine at Aerojet's facility in Redmond, Wash. These ion propulsion systems provide propellant efficiencies more than 10 times higher than those of conventional propulsion systems for use on low Earth orbit, geosynchronous and deep space missions. This test is an...

2011-02-25 10:24:00

HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Studies of ice processes on Mars and early science results from a Japanese mission to an asteroid will highlight the 42nd annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 7-11 in Houston. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The conference will include presentations on these topics and special sessions on observations of last year's flyby of comet Hartley 2 and research on the effects that volatile species...

2011-02-25 11:09:56

NASA researchers and other scientists will present findings that provide new insights into the evolution of the solar system during the 42nd annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The conference will run March 7-11 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. Key events include the unveiling of future planetary science strategy; early science results from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission, called Hayabusa,...

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2010-12-30 12:50:00

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa spacecraft has brought home to Earth tiny pieces of an alien world"“asteroid Itokawa. "It's an incredible feeling to have another world right in the palm of your hand," says Mike Zolensky, Associate Curator for Interplanetary Dust at the Johnson Space Center, and one of the three non-Japanese members of the science team. "We're seeing for the first time, up close, what an asteroid is actually made of!" He has good reason to be...

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2010-12-20 05:55:00

Despite its relatively small budget, Japan'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. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has completed several world firsts this past year, including the safe return of a deep-space probe that picked up asteroid dust from an oblong space rock on an epic seven-year mission. The Hayabusa (Falcon in English) ended its...

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2010-12-08 09:35:00

The Japanese probe that was to have spent two years studying Venus has failed to enter the planet's orbit and is now being pulled towards the sun, the space agency announced on Wednesday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) $300 million Planet-C Venus Climate Orbiter, code named 'Akatsuki' or 'Dawn', had reached Venus earlier this week and was to enter an elliptical orbit around the planet, monitoring its volcanic activity and recording information regarding its cloud cover and...

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2010-11-16 08:30:00

A deep space probe that returned from a seven-year mission earlier this year contained the first ever samples of asteroid dust to be brought back to Earth, Japanese scientists confirmed Tuesday. In an official statement, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that electron microscope observations and analysis of the samples confirmed that material contained in one of two compartments of the Hayabusa spacecraft "were identified as rocky particles"¦ most of them were judged...

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2010-10-06 14:45:00

Japan's space agency has found particles in the capsule of the Hayabusa space probe that may be extraterrestrial. The Yomiuri newspaper and Kyodo News agency reported that scientists discovered minute particles that may be from outside Earth. The newspaper said that their components have characteristics that differ from dust or aluminum powder samples that had been collected earlier. The Hayabusa space probe was sent off to an asteroid seven years ago, and returned on June 24 with samples...

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2010-07-06 06:14:35

The Japanese space agency (JAXA) said Monday that its Hayabusa space probe, which returned to Earth last month, collected "minute particles" of what it hopes is asteroid dust from the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid. Scientists hope the samples could help reveal secrets about the origins of the solar system. "We have started the opening process of the sample container of Hayabusa since June 24, 2010 and confirmed there are minute particles," JAXA told the AFP news agency. The agency also...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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