Asteroid Explorer HAYABUSA (MUSES-C)|
HAYABUSA (MUSES-C) is an asteroid Explorer which was launched from Uchinoura Space Center by an M-V-5 rocket on May 9th, 2003, and the space science research headquarters were the main center of the project.Uchinoura Space Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
After a long journey of about 1 and a half years, HAYABUSA reached the asteroid "Itokawa" which is about 300 million kilometers away from the earth in the middle of September, 2005. By comparison, the distance between the earth and the moon is 380,000 kilometers. So far, using the latest technology, HAYABUSA has taken photos of the surface of Itokawa, made temperature observations and attempted to take a sample.
The model displayed here is a 1/10 reduced scale model of HAYABUSA.
Please pray that HAYABUSA can bring the sample home to the earth safely. Thank you.