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Hayabusa approaches within 70 meters of asteroid Itokawa

Status Report From: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2005

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On Nov. 9, the Hayabusa moved within 70 meters of the Itokawa during a descending test that aimed to verify the guidance and navigation functions.

The cause of an anomaly that led to the cancellation of the rehearsal scheduled on Nov. 4 was clarified, thus we will carry out its landing at the "MUSES Sea" and sampling under the following schedule.

Nov. 12: Rescheduled rehearsal for descending (Release the probing robot "Minerva")

Nov. 19: First sampling (Release the target marker with signatures)

Nov. 25: Second sampling

Photo: The shade of the Hayabusa on the Itokawa.

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