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Hayabusa's Touchdown Succeeds, But No Samples Collected

Japan's asteroid hunter landed successfully on its quarry 200 million mi. from Earth, but it didn't manage to complete its sampling procedure, so backed off and is awaiting another try.

In lifting off from asteroid Itokawa on Nov. 20, Hayabusa became the first spacecraft to do so. Its goal is to be the first to return samples blasted from the surface of an asteroid to Earth.


 

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