Latest Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Stories

2010-06-13 15:00:00

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft returned to Earth on Sunday, landing in the remote Australian outback. The spacecraft, which spent the last 7 years on a mission to explore an asteroid, reached the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid two years after leaving Earth in 2003.  Its mission was to collect samples of the asteroid, which may hold clues to the origins of the solar system. The spacecraft burned up during re-entry of Earth's atmosphere, but it released a heatproof sample canister...

2010-06-10 07:05:00

The space and astronomy worlds have June 13 circled on the calendar. That's when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) expects the sample return capsule of the agency's technology demonstrator spacecraft, Hayabusa, to boomerang back to Earth. The capsule, along with its mother ship, visited a near-Earth asteroid, Itokawa, five years ago and has logged about 2 billion kilometers (1.25 billion miles) since its launch in May 2003. With the return of the Hayabusa capsule, targeted for...

2010-06-09 14:33:00

PALMDALE, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of astronomers from NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other organizations are flying to the other side of the world for a front row seat and a rare opportunity to study a spacecraft's targeted fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A Douglas DC-8 airborne laboratory departed yesterday evening from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility at...

2010-06-08 10:41:11

A planeload of scientists and specialized instruments aboard NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory is scheduled to depart NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility at Palmdale, Calif., for Australia Tuesday evening, June 8, to catch a glimpse of the fiery return of a Japanese spacecraft to Earth on June 13. The group of astronomers from NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other institutions are flying to Melbourne, Australia to make final preparations for the highly anticipated...

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...

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...

2010-05-21 11:30:00

Japan successfully launched its Venus probe and a kite-shaped "space yacht" early Friday for a two-year mission to study the planet Venus and its climate. The launch vehicle, the H-IIA rocket, took off from the Tanegashima space center in southern Japan on schedule at 6:58 am Friday morning, three days after its original launch was postponed due to inclement weather. Teruaki Kawai, space business manager for the rocket maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, told a press conference that the...

2010-05-18 10:00:00

Japanese officials said on Tuesday that they have postponed the launch of a rocket set to carry an experimental "space yacht" propelled by solar particles. Bad weather at the launch site was being blamed. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided on the delay six minutes before the scheduled launch of the H-IIA rocket, set for 6:44 a.m., as the weather at the Tenegashima space center worsened. "There is a risk of thunderstorms," a JAXA official told AFP. The rocket was set to...

2010-05-18 05:50:00

The Japanese are about to launch a mission to Venus to study the planet's weather and to search for signs of lightning and active volcanoes, and will also deploy a number of other experiments. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the Akatsuki probe aboard an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima base. The probe will take about 6 months to reach Venus's orbit. It will join a probe from the European Space Agency that arrived at the planet in 2006. Venus is a dense planet with...

2010-04-27 10:35:00

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced plans to launch a solar-powered 'space yacht'--the first of its kind--according to various media reports on Tuesday. The Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun (IKAROS) satellite uses a special 66-foot (20m) sail made of thin-film solar technology that will allow the ship to use pressure, created by the reflection of sunlight off the sails, as propulsion. Furthermore, the satellite craft will also be equipped...

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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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