View Full Version : Hayabusa's Photo of Itokawa

2005-Sep-15, 07:55 PM
SUMMARY: Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft arrived at Asteroid Itokawa earlier this week, and now it's sending back beautiful images. This image is a composite colour image of the asteroid taken on September 12 using red, green and blue filters. It's also possible to see its irregular shape. Hayabusa will eventually land on the surface of Itokawa, collect samples to be sent back to Earth. The probe's sample return capsule is expected to return to Earth in June 2007.

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2005-Sep-15, 10:29 PM
Wow I'm impressed, I didn't even know Japan had a mission outside earth orbit, much less a sample return mission!

Continue keeping us informed of other countries' space progress, Fraser!

2005-Sep-16, 01:45 AM
it even has some sort of rover that will crawl on the surface of the asteroid.. it mentioned it in http://www.jaxa.jp/index_e.html

"HAYABUSA will not only gather samples but also observe the asteroid with various scientific devices and measures. For that purpose, it is equipped with a Telescope Wide-View Cameras and Light Detection and Ranging, as well as with a Near Infrared Spectrometer. It will also employ a hopping robot, which can move around on the asteroidís surface. When HAYABUSA returns to Earth, a re-entry capsule bearing a surface sample from the asteroid will separate from it and plunge into the Earthís atmosphere. This is also a very important experiment in space engineering."

2005-Sep-16, 06:23 AM
I'm proud of Japan! They will definitely be launching some cool gadgets going into space since they love to make Robots & cool technology. I hope they succeed in their missions!