Feeds

Japanese asteroid probe hits paydirt

Well probably...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

A Japanese space probe has successfully taken samples from an asteroid for the first time ever.

The Hayabusa probe started its one kilometre descent at 10.00pm (JST) November 25. It touched down on the surface of the Itokawa asteroid early on Saturday morning and successfully took rock samples.

With the samples on board it reascended to several kilometres above Itokawa.

Or at least that's what Japanese scientists think has happened - they're still waiting for more information from the probe and won't know exactly what it has picked up until it returns to earth in 2007.

The probe landed on the asteroid for the first time, after a couple of bounces, in the morning of 20th November. But problems with sensors meant the "projector" was not fired. Hayabusa collects rock and dust by firing a piece of metal into the asteroid surface and collecting the resulting debris.

More details from Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science here and here.®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record
One charge sees Sunswift travel 500kms at over 100 km/h
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.