Posted by: stiltsville | June 12, 2010

Asteroid dust returns to earth tomorrow

After a 7-year, 600 million kilometer mission, the Japanese Hayabusa probe returns to earth in a fiery freefall to the Australian outback June 13, 2010. Using ion engine propulsion, the probe landed on an asteroid just five football fields in length, took a sample and is now returning to earth at 8 miles per second. Just about everything except the 40-pound sample container is expected to burn up on re-entry.

You may be able to watch the re-entry here.


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