Japan’s Hayabusa spacecraft returns to Earth after asteroid go to (video)

Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft returns to Earth after asteroid visit (video)

Japan’s plans for sending robots to the moon ought to should attend one different decade or so, nevertheless the nation’s space program can now declare one different pretty massive victory — its Hayabusa spacecraft effectively returned to Earth on Sunday after visiting an asteroid to collect samples. That end to the spacecraft’s seven-yr mission occurred someplace inside the Australian outback and, as you probably can see above and inside the video after the break, it was pretty a sight to behold. No matter appearances, however, the breaking up of the spacecraft was really part of the plan, and Hayabusa’s main return capsule is claimed to have made it to Earth intact — although it’s nonetheless not clear if the capsule really incorporates any samples of the asteroid. Scientists should know what they’ve on their palms shortly adequate, though — the world firm says it expects to retrieve the capsule sometime on Monday.

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