spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews

Dust found in Hayabusa capsule
Posted: Thu, Jul 8, 2010, 5:23 AM ET (0923 GMT)
Hayabusa spacecraft illus. (JAXA) Japanese scientists have found traces of dust in a sample return capsule from the Hayabusa spacecraft that may be from an asteroid visited by the spacecraft. Officials with the Japanese space agency JAXA said they have detected "minute particles" in the capsule, which returned to Earth last month, the only surviving portion of the spacecraft that visited the asteroid Itokawa. Scientists cautioned, though, that the dust may not be from the asteroid but instead could be from deep space. Weeks of detailed analysis will be needed before scientists can identify the dust's origins. Among the problems experienced by Hayabusa during its mission was a problem with its sample collection system, raising doubts even before the spacecraft returned to Earth that it had successfully collected any samples of the asteroid.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
H-2A launches Japanese reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Sun, Feb 1 8:09 AM ET (1309 GMT)

Delta 2 launches SMAP
Posted: Sat, Jan 31 12:03 PM ET (1703 GMT)

Revised analysis rules out detection of gravitational waves
Posted: Sat, Jan 31 8:09 AM ET (1309 GMT)

news links
Sunday, February 1
Since You Can't Buy SpaceX Stock ...
The Motley Fool — 7:54 am ET (1254 GMT)
Space, key to human survival
Gulf Times — 7:53 am ET (1253 GMT)
Japan launches new back-up spy satellite
AFP — 7:50 am ET (1250 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list