Hayabusa Drops Robot, Misses Asteroid

The Planetary Societies blog is reporting that Hayabusa dropped its robotic probe that was intended to explore Itokawa, but missed. To be fair to JAXA it sounds like it was a fairly chancy operation anyway, and they are still hopeful about attempting to dock Hayabusa itself with the asteroid to do its sample collection prior to attempting to return it safely to Earth.

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