Japan’s Hayabusa Probe Hits Snag In Practice Landing Run
Leonard David writes in Space.com:
Japan’s Hayabusa space probe currently orbiting asteroid Itokawa ran into trouble during a November 4 practice landing session.
According to a statement by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), a space science research division arm of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the rehearsal descent was nixed due to an unspecified problem.
At the crucial go/no go decision point in carrying out the practice run, there was detection of an anomalous signal that curtailed spacecraft operations.
Subsequently, the practice descent of Hayabusa was canceled.