Image above: Asteroid Itokawa, Hayabusas target. Image courtesy of JAXA
Hayabusa goes from strength to strength! The Yomiuri newspaper reports that the second of the sample return canisters contains hundreds of grains, thought to be from Itokakwa. The grains range in size from a tenth to a hundredth of a millimeter.Apparently they turned the container upside down and shocked it (I think that means tapped it) and the things just fell out! Thanks to Pandaneko over on unmannedspaceflight.com for tipping us non-japenese speakers off.
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