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Publication of the flight probe "Hayabusa" to the asteroid postponed till to December.. / August 27, 2010 /

The analysis of dust particles found in the container of probe «Hayabusa» landed on the asteroid, will be published in December 2010. Previously it was assumed that this will happen in September. Message to postpone the date of publication printed in the newspaper The Japan Times.

In July 2010 representatives of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that the container of the probe were detected particles of unknown origin. It is possible that they fell into the tank during the addition, as a tool of «Hayabusa» was located on an asteroid Itokawa.

Now representatives of the agency attributed the delay publication of results of analysis of these particles so that their extraction of particles from the container will need to spend more time than planned. Scientists plan to get one, and isolated from the environment those specks of dust, which most likely could have extraterrestrial origins. After they study in JAXA, «suspicious» of the particle will be sent to experts working in other academic institutions throughout the country. Such an «individual» approach takes a very long time, since the extraction of a single dust grain takes several hours (the size of many dust particles do not exceed a few hundredths of a millimeter).

The probe «Hayabusa» was sent into space in 2003. Its task is landing on the asteroid Itokawa and collect dust, which the apparatus was raised through special otstrelivavshiysya fragments. During the mission, have numerous technical problems, due to which the probe was unable to fully implement all the planned operations, and return to Earth was delayed for three years. At the moment, experts are not sure that the particles found in the container actually got there with the surface of the asteroid, but not when you start from the Earth.

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