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2005-12-13 11:27:29

Astrobiology Magazine -- Japanese officials are struggling to fix a horde of problems plaguing the Hayabusa space mission in time to begin its journey back to Earth with or without a package of specimens that were supposed to have been collected from the surface of asteroid Itokawa late last month. The issues have delayed the return trip to Earth that was due to begin within the first ten days of December, according to previous news reports. New information also suggests the last ditch...

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2005-12-07 05:25:00

TOKYO -- A Japanese space probe that landed on the surface of an asteroid last month may have failed in its mission to collect rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said on Wednesday. The agency earlier said the probe, called Hayabusa -- Japanese for "falcon" -- had succeeded in the delicate task, which scientists likened to landing a jumbo jet in a moving Grand Canyon. The agency said on Wednesday, however, that...

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2005-11-30 08:30:00

TOKYO -- Japan's space agency said Wednesday a spacecraft that landed on an asteroid last week had successfully collected surface samples in an unprecedented mission to bring the extraterrestrial material to Earth. The space agency, JAXA, previously said the Hayabusa probe appeared to have touched down for a few seconds Saturday on the asteroid, which is about 180 million miles from Earth. It was the probe's second successful landing on the asteroid. After touching down on the Itokawa...

2005-11-29 04:10:00

TOKYO -- The future of a Japanese space probe carrying the world's first samples from an asteroid was in doubt on Tuesday, after it suffered problems with its chemical thrusters and temporarily lost contact with ground control. Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were triumphant at the weekend when Hayabusa, whose name means "falcon" in Japanese, appeared to succeed in landing on Itokawa and scooping up a rock sample after an epic two and a half year voyage. But the...

2005-11-26 03:47:17

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese space probe made history on Saturday when it landed on the surface of an asteroid and then collected rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system. The probe, called Hayabusa -- Japanese for "falcon" -- succeeded in the delicate task which scientists have likened to landing a jumbo jet in a moving Grand Canyon. It was its second and final attempt. After analyzing data transmitted from the unmanned probe, the...

2005-11-25 03:45:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese probe is readying itself to make a fresh and final attempt to land on the surface of an asteroid and pluck up rock samples, a delicate task officials on Friday said was like trying to land a jet in the Grand Canyon. The space probe, called Hayabusa -- Japanese for "falcon" -- will make history if it successfully returns to earth with the world's first samples from an asteroid. Officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said they plan to land the...

2005-11-24 23:11:46

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese space probe on a mission to bring back the first rock samples from an asteroid is preparing to make a fresh attempt to land on its target, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials said on Friday. The officials said they plan to land the unmanned probe on the asteroid, nearly 300 200 million miles from earth, shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday (2200 GMT on Friday). "It is moving closer and closer to the asteroid. It is about 20 km (12 miles)...

2005-11-24 21:05:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese space probe on a mission to bring back the first rock samples from an asteroid is preparing to make a fresh attempt to land on its target, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials said on Friday. The officials said they plan to land the unmanned probe on the asteroid, nearly 300 million km (200 million miles) from earth, shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday (2200 GMT on Friday). "It is moving closer and closer to the asteroid. It is about 20 km (12...

2005-11-24 10:20:00

TOKYO -- A Japanese space probe will make another attempt at landing on an asteroid on Saturday after it successfully landed and then departed from its surface over the weekend, officials said Thursday. The Hayabusa probe was heading back toward the asteroid Itokawa and expected to land on the asteroid around 7 a.m. Saturday. Wakabayashi, a JAXA official. On Wednesday, the agency announced that the probe had successfully landed on the asteroid 180 million miles from Earth in an attempt...

2005-11-23 15:35:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese probe on a mission to bring back the first rock samples from an asteroid landed briefly on its target on Sunday but did not drop the equipment for collecting surface material, Kyodo news reported on Wednesday. Scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had said earlier the unmanned probe failed to touch down on Itokawa, nearly 300 million km (186 million miles) from earth. After a voyage of 2- years, the space probe stayed on the surface of the...


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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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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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