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20 November 2017 04:02 (South Africa)

Hayabusa returns from 7 year asteroid mission – maybe even with a payload

  • Sci-Tech

Japan's Hayabusa probe reentered the atmosphere just three years behind schedule, blazing like a meteor over the Australian outback. Now scientists are rushing to retrieve what remains, and see if it brought back any samples from the Itokawa asteroid which it visited. Among the technical trouble it suffered during its voyage was at least partial failure of the sampling mechanism, but it could have captured some dust, which may just be useful. Kyodo, Reuters

  • Sci-Tech

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