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1. Hooray for Hayabusa!

(Web Page; Tue Feb 11 13:06:00 CST 2014)

According to JAXA (the Japanese space agency), poor little Hayabusa has successfully restarted its ion engine and has resumed powered flight today. Hooray! This is good news for Hayabusa's eventual return to Earth. The Japanese version ...

Description: According to JAXA (the Japanese space agency), poor little Hayabusa has successfully restarted its ion engine and has resumed powered flight today. Hooray! This is good news for Hayabusa's eventual return to Earth.

2. LPSC: Friday: Hayabusa

(Web Page; Mon Apr 16 23:32:00 CDT 2012)

So, finally, on Friday morning, came a session I'd been waiting all week for. I made sure to get up early and get to the room to make sure I'd be able to sit down; it'd been scheduled for the second-largest room in the conference center...

Description: LPSC: Friday: Hayabusa

3. Hayabusa: Waiting

(Web Page; Fri Feb 14 12:08:00 CST 2014)

We're in the final days of the Hayabusa mission, but until Sunday I think we're in a state of "no news is good news." Which is not to say that things aren't busy on Earth. NASA's Ames Research Center issued a press release describing th...

Description: We're in the final days of the Hayabusa mission, but until Sunday I think we're in a state of "no news is good news."

4. Hayabusa update

(Web Page; Fri Feb 14 11:29:00 CST 2014)

JAXA has posted a note on their website on the status of Hayabusa, which apparently reached aphelion in late May. Hayabusa is Japan's amazing ion-powered mission to asteroid Itokawa, which touched down on Itokawa to grab a sample in mid-...

Description: JAXA has posted a note on their website on the status of Hayabusa, which apparently reached aphelion in late May. Hayabusa is Japan's amazing ion-powered mission to asteroid Itokawa, which touched down on Itokawa to grab a sample in mid-November 2005, but suffered an injury that has left in doubt its ability to return the sample capsule to Earth.

5. A brief history of Hayabusa

(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 12:02:00 CST 2014)

For those of you who found my Hayabusa mission recap too long, here's a graphical version of the history of the Hayabusa mission. In a week I'll know where exactly to draw that last line segment. Enjoy! © Emily Lakdawalla, The Pl...

Description: For those of you who found my Hayabusa mission recap too long, here's a graphical version of the history of the Hayabusa mission.

6. Hayabusa update: a little east of Pollux

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

Word from JAXA is that Hayabusa's approach is going well. The first of what will be five trajectory correction maneuvers (TCMs) is "successfully completed," according to an update posted today to the JAXA website. The TCMs take time t...

Description: Hayabusa update: a little east of Pollux

7. Anticipating the end of Hayabusa

(Web Page; Thu Nov 07 19:59:00 CST 2013)

One commenter on my earlier post on Hayabusa said, "Perhaps I'm just reading it wrong (or missing some vital bit of context), but there doesn't seem to be a TCM after capsule separation. That would indicate that Hayabusa follows the caps...

Description: A successful sample return for the Hayabusa mission will mean the fiery death of Mr. Hayabusa himself. The poignancy of this is not lost upon the people in Japan who are following the mission.

8. More detail on the Hayabusa return timeline

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

JAXA has issued a notice with a little bit more detail on the timeline for Hayabusa's return to Earth. Five Trajectory Correction Maneuvers are planned, one in a couple of weeks and the rest in the two weeks or so before the sample retu...

Description: More detail on the Hayabusa return timeline

9. A look inside the Hayabusa sample capsule

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

A very brief item posted on the Hayabusa website yesterday included two pictures of the interior of its sample return capsule, one of which shows a particle; but it's impossible to know for sure at this early stage of the investigation w...

Description: A look inside the Hayabusa sample capsule

10. Hayabusa on the home stretch

(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 12:14:00 CST 2014)

Hayabusa is still 100 million kilometers from the Earth, less than an astronomical unit away but still with months to travel. But according to an update posted to their websitethis morning by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi, Hayabusa...

Description: Hayabusa is still 100 million kilometers from the Earth, less than an astronomical unit away but still with months to travel. But according to an update posted to their websitethis morning by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi, Hayabusa is on the home stretch.

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