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Dec 10

Asteroid Itokawa Sample Return

Source: Science@NASA


Hayabusa photographs its own shadow on asteroid Itokawa in 2005.
Image credit: ISAS, JAXA

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa spacecraft returned to Earth with tiny pieces of asteroid Itokawa. In today's article from Science@NASA, a NASA specialist on the Hayabusa science team describes the nail-biting sample return and hints at new results from the ongoing analysis. (read more)

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