[FPSPACE] Hayabusa probe zeroes in on Earth impact in mid-June
jameseoberg at comcast.net
Wed Mar 24 00:47:22 EDT 2010
Bringing Back a Piece of Heaven
BY JAMES OBERG // MARCH 2010
23 March 2010-A small, severely damaged spacecraft named Hayabusa is limping back to Earth with a jury-rigged ion drive that would have made Star Trek' s Scotty proud. Already seven years into its planned five-year mission to retrieve soil samples from an asteroid, the probe faces one last round of hazards before its midnight landing in Australia sometime in June with a sample canister.
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