Latest Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Stories

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...

2010-06-26 06:45:00

Last year, high school science teacher Ron Dantowitz of Brookline, Mass., played a clever trick on three of his best students. He asked them to plan a hypothetical mission to fly onboard a NASA DC-8 aircraft and observe a spacecraft disintegrate as it came screaming into Earth's atmosphere. How would they record the event? What could they learn? For 6 months, they worked hard on their assignment, never suspecting the surprise Dantowitz had in store. On March 12th, he stunned them with the...

2010-06-24 14:25:00

JAXA announced today that it has found traces of gas in a capsule thought to contain asteroid dust that was brought back to Earth after a multi-billion-mile space journey. Japan's space agency said that researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa started to open the Hayabusa capsule -- a process expected to take about a week. They plan to analyze the inside of the container by using an optical microscope.  A JAXA spokeswoman said a trace of...

2010-06-19 08:14:52

The National Hurricane Center issued the final advisory on the Eastern Pacific Ocean's second tropical depression (2-E) on June 17 at 11 a.m. EDT. NASA satellite imagery from mid-afternoon that day revealed the depression's rains were waning, and the heaviest rainfall was over open ocean. As of June 18 Tropical Depression 2-E had dissipated off the coast. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM measures rainfall from space. TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the...

2010-06-18 11:40:00

Japan's Hayabusa asteroid space probe ended its multi-billion-mile journey when its capsule arrived back at a research center outside Tokyo. The Hayabusa probe, which burned up on re-entry on Sunday, released a capsule in Earth's atmosphere that landed safely in the desert. JAXA said the capsule arrived at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa, west of Tokyo. "It has been seven years since I saw the capsule the last time. It looks like new," said the...

2010-06-16 11:24:37

A tiny camera has revealed that Japan's Ikaros solar sail is fully extended and ready for the next part of its mission. The camera that took the picture was ejected from the central hub of Ikaros.  It transmitted the image back to the central hub of the spacecraft, which relayed the data back to Earth. Ikaros will demonstrate the principle of solar sailing, which has been long envisioned as a future means of getting around the Solar System. The pressure of sunlight should drive the...

2010-06-15 14:23:17

An official said Tuesday that Japan's space agency has applied for a Guinness World Records listing after its Hayabusa space probe returned from a seven-year journey to an ancient asteroid. The asteroid spacecraft left Earth in 2003 and returned late Sunday, completing a 3 billion mile round trip to the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid. An official with the agency said that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, on Monday applied to the London-based Guinness World Records to list...

2010-06-14 15:59:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has signed an agreement with NEC Corporation (TSE:6701) to jointly supply HAYABUSA-derived ion propulsion systems for the U.S. and Japanese aerospace markets. These ion propulsion systems provide significant advantages for geosynchronous satellites and deep space missions through fuel efficiencies over 10 times higher than those of conventional propulsion systems. The...

2010-06-14 10:55:00

The Hayabusa capsule and bus entered the Earth's atmosphere over Woomera, Australia, on June 13 at 11:21 p.m. local time. From the perspective of NASA's DC-8 airborne observation team, the capsule moved below and slightly ahead of the bus and stayed clear of the spectacular breakup of the bus. After the bus had disintegrated, the capsule continued to create a wake, before reaching peak heating and then fading gradually. That's when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) expects the...

2010-06-11 09:45:00

Japanese scientists are celebrating the successful deployment of their Ikaros solar sail. The 2,100-square foot membrane is attached to a small disc-shaped spacecraft that was put into orbit last month by an H-IIA rocket. Ikaros will demonstrate the principle of using sunlight as a simple and efficient means of propulsion. The technique has been long seen as a way to move spacecrafts around the Solar System without using chemical fuels. The mission team will be watching to see if Ikaros...

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