Hayabusa: Japanese Asteroid Probing Explorer

Hayabusa: Japanese Asteroid Probing Explorer On its second Attempt to Land the Japanese Space Probe Hayabusa has finally met with success. On a mission plagued with problems the probe touched down on the uncertain surface of the asterord Itokawa and presumably collected an unknown amount of material. Unlike other bodies in the Solar system, asteroids are believed to have remained largely unchanged since their formation during the creation of Solar System. Whether this mission will be remembered as a Hallmark Success for the Japanese or another expensive mishap won’t be determined until the probe returns to earth sometime in 2007.

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