Sunday, November 27, 2005 -- Japan's Hayabusa Spacecraft Lands Successfully on Asteroid

"On Sunday, JAXA officials had said the Hayabusa probe, on a mission to land on the asteroid named Itokawa, collect material, then bring it back to Earth, failed to touch down after maneuvering within yards of the surface.

However, the agency said Wednesday that data confirmed that Hayabusa had landed on the surface Sunday for a half-hour, although it failed to collect material."

Pretty amazing when you think about it. 2 rovers moving around on the surface of Mars and sending back data, and another probe landing on an asteroid, taking samples, and then bring them back to Earth. Even though the probe didn't collect anything yet (it still has a chance), the concept of the mission is still very cool.

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