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Hayabusa's Fiery Return

A. Ikeshita/MEF/ISAS

A small capsule containing dust from the asteroid Itokawa touched down in June 2010 at the Woomera test range in the Australian Outback. Launched in May 2003, Hayabusa suffered a host of technical problems.

How NASA's Dawn Asteroid Mission Works (Infographic)

Karl Tate/SPACE.com

NASA's Dawn probe is using electric propulsion to visit the two largest objects in the asteroid belt.

Dawn Leaves Protoplanet Vesta

NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived at the giant asteroid Vesta in July 2011 and departed in September 2012 to head to the dwarf planet Ceres.

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