Engineers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) tentatively scheduled an attempt to collect a sample of the asteroid Itokawa on Nov. 19, after running unplanned maneuvers to try to overcome navigation problems that forced them to abort a sample-collection rehearsal. Controllers sent the spacecraft, also known as Muses-C, through a "pre-rehearsal" Nov. 9 after the earlier problems, and were hopeful another practice run Nov. 12 would set them up for an actual sampling. That ...


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