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Hayabusa Releases Minerva; Contact Possibly Lost

Status Report From: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2005

Today's HAYABUSA 2005/11/12(JST)

Distance from Earth: 289,391,630 km

Distance from Itokawa: Returning to Home Position

*We performed the touch-down test with success.

*We were able to communicate with MINERVA after its release.

Image: Itokawa's image captured at 1:40 pm JST. You can see the shadow of Hayabusa.

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