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In November 2005, it landed on the asteroid and attempted to collect samples but failed to do so. Nevertheless, there is a high probability that some dust swirled into the sampling chamber, so it was sealed, and the spacecraft is scheduled to return to Earth by June 2010.
Originally posted by 12voltz
Im just wondering if it will land as in controlled or if it just crashes to earth and they pick up the pieces?Lets hope it doesnt bring some alien virus or bacteria from the asteroid and destroy all of us.
Russia's Darwin space base Other Space Agency's like JAXA are looking for Australia's cooperation too. Next month (June), JAXA's HAYABUSA aboard the Asteroid Explorer, launched by the M-V-5 Rocket from Kagoshima Space Center, May 9, 2003, is scheduled to land at Woomera Test Range South Australia HAYABUSA's Sample Recovery Capsule to land on Earth on June 13.
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
reply to post by OmegaLogos
Well Im currently trying to get a transfer back to Woomera. The met office there is pretty much on the range. If its using the runway it woulf be a perfect oppurtunity to get pictures
Wish me luck on the application
An unmanned spacecraft set to become the first to bring material from an asteroid to earth is expected to touch down in South Australia's remote outback in one week.
The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, which has been in space for seven years, is expected to land in the Woomera Prohibited Area in far northern South Australia late next Sunday night, local time.