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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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