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Hayabusa touchdown!

Hayabusa touchdown!

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Hayabusa touchdown!
Hayabusa touches its sample collection horn to the surface of asteroid Itokawa. A small blue target marker on the surface in the foreground was released by Hayabusa to guide it safely to the surface. The entire sample collection process only took one second.

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