Friday, November 04, 2005

Japan’s Hayabusa Probe Hits Snag In Practice Landing Run

Leonard David writes in

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.


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