The Little Probe that Couldn’t

Artist's depiction of Hayabusa's touch DownOnce Again the Japanese Space Probe Hayabusa has made the news and once again it is because the probe has developed another problem. Reuters, along with every other news organization on the planet has reported that Hayabusa’s return journey to Earth may be very much in doubt. Soon after lifting off from the asteroid on which it had “collected” material, Hayabusa developed a leak in one of its thrusters and as a result began to shake uncontrollably. Communication with the Probe was also briefly lost.

So much for worrying about an “Andromeda Strain” Like ending to this mission. With about 300 million km (186.4 million miles) and a year and half left to its journey, the odds are not looking good for a successful conclusion to this daring mission.

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