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Japan's Hayabusa Closes in on Asteroid Landing Site

Japan’s Hayabusa spacecraft prepares for touchdown on the Itokawa asteroid.
Japan's Hayabusa space probe has drawn closer to its celestial target: asteroid Itokawa. The spacecraft is being prepared for touchdown this month on the space rock, picking up specimens for return to Earth, and deploying a small lander that can hop from (Image credit: JAXA/ISAS)

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