[ASC-media] Target Australia! Japanese spacecraft arrives at asteroid

Paul thestarman at homemail.com.au
Mon Sep 12 21:11:19 EST 2005


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Target Australia! Japanese spacecraft 

arrives at asteroid Itokawa

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>From Paul Floyd's Astronomy & Space Website www.paulfloyd.id.au
<http://www.paulfloyd.id.au/> 

 

 

Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft arrived today at asteroid Itokawa, and is
currently hovering 20 kilometers away from it. Following two months of study
of the asteroid, including releasing a small lander, the spacecraft will
collect a small sample of the asteroid and return it to Earth, landing in
Australia in 2007.

 

The direct link for the first close up image of the asteroid is:

http://www.hayabusa.isas.jaxa.jp/e/index.html

 

Regards,

 

Paul Floyd

 

 

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