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Asteroid probe approaching the Itokawa again for another touchdown attempt

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:45 pm
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Press release; The Hayabusa, which became “the first explorer that took off from another astronomical body outside the geosphere (Earth zone)” (Professor Junichiro Kawaguchi, Project Manager), is now approaching the Itokawa again to carry out a second touchdown for sampling. Learning from the last experience, we will start operations (receiving data and sending commands) through a NASA station on the night of the 24th (Japan Standard Time, JST) while carefully checking the impact on the onboard sensors. We are aiming at performing landing and sampling at 7:00 a.m. on the 26th (JST).

As of 1:00 JST (onboard time), the distance between shape center of Itokawa and Hayabusa is approximately 1080 meters, and altitude is approximately 950 meters. Hayabusa is approaching Itokawa at a rate of three centimeters per second.

For live blogging, visit:
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/home/hayabusa-live/

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