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Japan's Hayabusa space probe has made a successful landing

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:10 am
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Japan’s Hayabusa space probe has made a successful landing on an asteroid.
But it is as yet unclear whether the spacecraft has collected samples from the surface of the asteroid Itokawa.

The spacecraft was on a mission to collect samples and return them to Earth in the summer of 2007.

It is Hayabusa’s second attempt at landing on the asteroid after its initial mission failed to collect surface material.

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