Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congratulations, Japan! (And I'm not talking about the soccer!)

Imagine playing UFO Catcher with a crane that was 300,000,000 kilometers long and took 20 minutes before it responded to you touching the button. Imagine the prize was information about the very beginning of our galaxy. Imagine that you caught something on your very first try. That's what Japan just did! Congratulations!

On Sunday, the JAXA Hayabusa space probe returned from its 7-year journey to the asteroid Itokawa. Welcome home! You did good!

To find out more, check out the YouTube videos below...

Hayabusa Documentary
(The mission explained In English with Japanese subtitles)

Computer Animation of Hayabusa Mission
(No narration, just music -actually quite beautiful to watch)

NHK Broadcast of Re-entry

NASA Video of Hayabusa Re-entry
(Taken from the air)

JAXA Video of Hayabusa Re-entry
(Taken from the ground)

Mayumi has written a related story on her blog. Go to Mocha Mocha to find out more!

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