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You try coming home on time after traveling four billion miles.

Three years after its initially scheduled return date, Japan?s Hayabusa spacecraft returned to Earth yesterday and dropped its collection canister in the Australian outback. The team from JAXA, Japan?s space agency, hopes that the container holds samples from Hayabusa? 2005 landing on an asteroid called Itokawa. They won?t know for sure for a couple weeks, but Hayabusa has already made history by landing on an asteroid and returning to Earth.

The headline on JAXA?s website currently reads, "Welcome back HAYABUSA to Earth after overcoming various difficulties!" That?s putting it mildly. According to the AP:

"Hayabusa was originally due to return to Earth in 2007 but a series of technical glitches - including a deterioration of its ion engines, broken control wheels, and the malfunctioning of electricity-storing batteries - forced it to miss its window to maneuver into the Earth?s orbit until this year.

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what do you think they'll find?

i think they may find some kind of orgaizm (of a non dangerous nature)
everyone will be over the moon till they realize it's just contamination Wink

mrmod

They won't find much on the moon Confused. Funny how it was delayed for 3 years though - shows good quality build Tongue.
(06-22-2010, 08:29 AM)SidewaysDan Wrote: [ -> ]They won't find much on the moon Confused. Funny how it was delayed for 3 years though - shows good quality build Tongue.
it was an asteroid they landed on Wink
2005 landing on an asteroid called Itokawa
i think they'll probably find dirt. would be interesting in they found some kind of life form but that would be too much to hope for