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Mission Websites

Here we list links to the primary mission website as well as pages about the mission on other sites such as the NSSDC, NASA portal, etc.

Hayabusa (formerly Muses-C) Mission

Hayabusa (formerly Muses-C) is a joint asteroid sample return mission between the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan (ISAS) and NASA. The spacecraft was launched from Kagoshima Space Center in Japan on 9 May 2003. Hayabusa arrived at asteroid 25143 Itokawa (1998 SF36) on 12 September 2005 and remained close to the asteroid in a station-keeping heliocentric orbit.

Hayabusa studied Itokawa from altitudes of 20km to 3km from mid-September through the end of November 2005. An attempt to deploy a tiny hopper named Minerva on 12 November failed when the small vehicle missed the asteroid. On 19 November Hayabusa landed briefly on Itokawa and collected particles near the surface; a second landing and sample capture was performed on 26 November. Problems with the spacecraft delayed the start of the cruise back to Earth until April 2007. On 13 June 2010 Hayabusa successfully delivered the return capsule containing the samples to Earth. In October 2010 the mission team announced the sample canister had collected approximately 100 particles.

The SBN is the lead node for archiving data from Hayabusa into the PDS.


Data Sets

Some of these data are available in preliminary form on the JAXA Hayabusa Archive Site.

Other Mission Data

Related Datasets

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