A New Space Mission Ready to Be Launched by Japan

November 29, 2014 4:25 PM

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A bold new space mission is ready to go to meet a body in the solar system, the asteroid 1999JU3 a rock about 920 kilometers. The aim of the Japanese probe Hayabusa II is close study of this small celestial object with a system of mini robots to display on their surface and even take a few grams of samples there to return to Earth and analyzed here. The Hayabusa II is already placed on the tip of a rocket H IIA, in the Tanegashima Space Center on the island of the same name in southwestern Japan, and the launch was scheduled for tomorrow. But bad weather, planned for the weekend, forced to delay the game and finally fixed the launch next Monday, December 1, at 13.22, Tokyo time (the 21.22, Spanish CET) . The Hayabusa II, a mission from the Japanese agency JAXA spaces in collaboration with Germany and France, will culminate with the arrival of the samples from the asteroid at the end of 2020.

A few days after the fall of the European probe Philae on the surface of comet 67P / Churyamov-Gerasimenko, and the Rosetta scientific mission and fully dedicated to studying evolution of the object of ice and dust on their way to the Sun, this another mission, Hayabusa II are available and start st...

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