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Hayabusa touchdown!

Filed under Hayabusa (MUSES-C), asteroid 25143 Itokawa, pretty pictures, asteroids, spacecraft, art

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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.

Corby Waste for NASA / JPL / JAXA

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