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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/

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

Dawn Leaves Protoplanet Vesta


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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