Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Planetary Report
Hayabusa: The Falcon Flies On the Cover: “If you build a high tower and climb it, you will see a new horizon,” said Jun’ichiro Kawaguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa mission to asteroid Itokawa. Hayabusa (which means “falcon” in Japanese) has been beset with troubles in its mission to the near-Earth asteroid, but it has still returned remarkable images and has set the stage for future sample return missions. Hayabusa captured this image of Itokawa on October 22, 2005.

Volume 26, number 1
January/February 2006

Hayabusa: The Falcon Flies

Download this issue as a PDF
(Planetary Society members only)


6 Hayabusa: A Daring Sample Return Mission: A.J.S. Rayl tells the story of Hayabusa's harrowing adventure.

12 Deep Impact: Understanding Comet Tempel 1: Lucy McFadden and Ray Brown detail what scientists are discovering about the comet, and what it has taught us about the solar system.


Members' Dialogue The journalistic quality of The Planetary Report; members' names in space

4 We Make it Happen! Shoemaker NEO grant winners

18 World Watch The NASA budget and the "science vs. shuttle" debate

19 Society News 25th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC)

20 Q&A Cassini mission planning; using radio telescopes to detect exoplanets

Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Planetary Defense

An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.


Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!