Its been a good week for the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA. First they had the successful deployment of their solar sail now the Hayabusa spacecraft returns to Earth with its precious cargo of asteroid dust:
A JAPANESE space probe carrying dust samples from an asteroid has landed in the South Australian outback in a historic landing scientists hope will reveal the secrets behind our universe.The Hayabusa probe is the first to have made physical contact with an asteroid and returned to Earth, landing just before midnight (CST) yesterday, the Australian Science Media Centre confirmed.The capsule parachuted to Earth within the Woomera Prohibited Area, a remote military zone 485km northwest of Adelaide.
Woomera is a big place, about the size of England, so I hope they find the canister. Here is a video of the re-entry.