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2010-06-07 11:40:00

Japanese asteroid probe Hayabusa has now been placed on course to land in Australia for its return to Earth. The spacecraft is returning home from its 2005 venture to the asteroid Itokawa. Hayabusa has achieved a crucial engine firing to aim the probe at the Woomera Protected Area in southern Australia on June 13. The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) said that Hayabusa had successfully completed its third Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM), which is designed to guide the spacecraft for its...

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2010-05-31 09:20:00

The Hayabusa Japanese spacecraft, which is designed to return samples from an asteroid back to Earth, has completed an important step on its journey back. The unmanned craft achieved the second and largest of four engine firings designed to guide the probe back home. The probe visited the asteroid Itokawa in 2005 in order to capture soil during its journey. However, the mission has been filled with technical glitches affecting the engines and communications with Earth. It is still unclear...

2010-04-21 17:31:22

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. Defense Minister John Faulkner said the Hayabusa craft is expected to touch down near Woomera in South Australia. "This has been an historic mission," Faulkner said of the Hayabusa, which reached the Itokawa asteroid in late 2005. "It is the first time a spacecraft has made contact with an...

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2008-09-22 11:05:00

European scientists hope a proposed mission to capture pieces of an asteroid will shed light on how our Solar System evolved. In the so-called Marco Polo mission, scientists and engineers intend to send a spacecraft to a small nearby asteroid to collect dust and rubble that will be studied to determine how the Solar System came into being. Some speculate the mission could launch sometime in the next decade, in about 2017. Ultimately it is up to the European Space Agency (ESA) to approve the...

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2007-08-23 11:39:03

The space-borne infrared observatory AKARI, observed asteroid Itokawa last month with its Infrared Camera. The data will be used to refine estimates of sizes of potentially hazardous asteroids in the future. The data collected by AKARI, a JAXA mission with ESA participation, complements that from JAXA's asteroid explorer Hayabusa in late April this year. As AKARI observed Itokawa on 26 July it was in the constellation of Scorpius, and was about 19 magnitudes bright in visible light. The...

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2006-06-01 17:20:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- A Japanese spacecraft that landed on an asteroid found a ball of rubble held loosely together by its own gravity, unlike other asteroids that have been visited, according to reports from the mission published on Thursday. The spacecraft Hayabusa, whose name means "falcon" in Japanese, hovered over the near-Earth asteroid Itokawa last autumn, taking several measurements before landing briefly on the orbiting gravel pile. Itokawa has...

2006-03-07 13:34:22

TOKYO (AP) - 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. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said it had established sufficient contact with the Hayabusa probe to assess its condition and position. JAXA has been gradually restoring communications with Hayabusa since January, after a thruster malfunction the previous month put the probe into a...

2006-01-24 06:50:00

TOKYO -- Japan launched a rocket carrying an advanced land-observation satellite into space on Tuesday, in a boost for a space program that has strived to overcome a spotty record. A Japanese-built H-2A rocket was launched successfully from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima in southern Japan, said a spokeswoman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). "We've confirmed that the satellite has detached itself from the rocket. It's going well so far," the JAXA spokeswoman said....

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2006-01-19 13:22:19

TANEGASHIMA, Japan -- First, a technical glitch forced the launch date to be set back. Then a thunderstorm came in and hit this remote island in southern Japan with buckets of rain and howling winds. Fighting to get back on schedule after a fiery failure two years ago and running well behind China is Asia's budding space race, Japan's space agency is praying for sunshine - and a little bit of luck. "Weather is our main problem right now, but you have to always keep the other possible...

2005-12-14 00:00:00

TOKYO -- A Japanese space probe launched in an attempt to bring back the first ever rock samples from an asteroid will likely stay in space for three years longer than planned, Japan's space agency said on Wednesday. Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were initially jubilant after Hayabusa, whose name means "falcon" in Japanese, apparently succeeded in landing twice on the asteroid Itokawa nearly 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth last month. After...


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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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