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2005-11-23 07:52:11

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...

2005-11-23 06:55:00

TOKYO -- Japan's space agency said Wednesday its spacecraft had successfully touched down on an asteroid 180 million miles from Earth despite an earlier announcement that it had failed. On Sunday, JAXA officials had said the Hayabusa probe, on a mission to land on the asteroid named Itokawa, collect material, then bring it back to Earth, failed to touch down after maneuvering within yards of the surface. However, the agency said Wednesday that data confirmed that Hayabusa had landed on the...

2005-11-21 12:27:34

TOKYO (AP) - A Japanese space probe is heading back toward an asteroid for a second landing attempt after failing to touch down over the weekend, space agency officials said Monday. Communications between the Hayabusa probe and Japan's space agency, JAXA, have returned to normal after the vessel inexplicably stopped just yards from the asteroid Itokawa on Sunday. The probe, which also botched a rehearsal earlier this month, is on a mission to briefly land on the asteroid, collect material,...

2005-11-20 14:25:00

TOKYO -- A Japanese research probe failed to touch down on an asteroid Sunday after developing trouble just yards away from the surface, Japan's space agency said. The Hayabusa probe, which botched a rehearsal landing earlier this month, was on a mission to briefly touch down on the asteroid, collect material, then bring it back to Earth. When Hayabusa was 130 feet above the asteroid Itokawa, it dropped a small object as a touchdown target, then descended to 56 feet, officials from...

2005-11-20 04:37:22

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese space probe on a mission to bring back the world's first rock samples from an asteroid failed to touch down on Sunday on its target nearly 300 million km (186 million miles) from earth. But scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were trying to pinpoint the location of the probe and considering a second attempt at landing. The unmanned Hayabusa (Japanese for "falcon," had been scheduled to touch down on the...

2005-11-20 01:03:16

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese scientists were trying to track a space probe almost 300 million km (186 million miles) from earth on Sunday, on a mission to bring back the world's first samples from an asteroid. The unmanned Hayabusa probe -- the name means "falcon" in Japanese -- had been due to land on the surface of the 548-metre-long asteroid 25143 Itokawa for just one second after a voyage of two and a half years. But it was unclear whether the probe had...

2005-11-14 12:35:00

TOKYO -- Japan's space agency has lost contact with a wayward probe that botched an attempted rehearsal landing in a mission to collect surface samples from an asteroid and return to Earth, an official said Monday. The coffee can-sized Minerva robotic lander has been drifting above the asteroid since Saturday, when it was deployed from the mother probe Hayabusa, which is scheduled to attempt its own landings later this month. Mission controllers can no longer contact Minerva or control its...

2005-11-13 10:32:48

TOKYO (Reuters) - A miniature robot released by a Japanese space probe to a small asteroid circling the Sun was lost before it was able to land on the asteroid's surface, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported on Sunday. Minerva, a 10 cm (3.9 inch) long can-shaped "baby" robot, had been designed to gather information on the Itokawa asteroid as part of a rehearsal ahead of the unmanned Hayabusa probe's own landing on the asteroid Itokawa scheduled for Nov 19. Minerva's...

2005-11-04 07:51:00

TOKYO (AP) - Japan has canceled the rehearsal of a planned landing on an asteroid millions of miles away between Earth and Mars, but has not ruled out collecting samples from the asteroid's surface later this month, the country's space agency said Friday. The Hayabusa probe, launched in May 2003, was to make a brief landing to retrieve surface samples from the asteroid, after hovering around it for three months. Junichiro Kawaguchi of JAXA, the Japanese space agency, said the probe moved to...

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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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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.