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Japan Itokawa asteroid mission set for re-entry

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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 08:38 AM
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Japan Itokawa asteroid mission set for re-entry


news.bbc.co.uk

Japan's Hayabusa probe returns to Earth on Sunday, releasing a capsule into the atmosphere that scientists hope will contain samples from asteroid Itokawa.

If the 40cm-wide conical disc survives the blistering heat of the descent and can deploy a parachute, it should touch down in Australia at about 1400 GMT.

No-one really knows whether Hayabusa succeeded in grabbing samples from Itokawa's surface during a 2005 visit.
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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 08:38 AM
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The capsule needs a special heat-shield to survive re-entry.



Although the grab mechanism failed, dust may still have found its way inside.

This mission could end in a success, and could give scientists our first discovery about the composition of an asteroid.

Hopefully this could pave the way for future asteroid exploration missions in the years to come.

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