hyabusa – on the ground

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Incredibly, after all its problems, this little spacecraft arrived three years late and still burned through the atmosphere and parachuted the return capsule to its Australian landing site. See the photo here, which you can enlarge. I promise not to blog much more about this unless they find crab-like organisms in the sample container. (If they are bird-like, I won’t mention it.)

As I said once before, even if there is no asteroid dust in the capsule, it was still an inspiring mission.

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