The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) expects its Asteroid
sample return capsule to boomerang back to Earth on June 13, 2010. The spacecraft visited a near-Earth asteroid, Itokawa, five years ago and has logged
about 2 billion kilometers (1.25 billion miles) since its launch in May
2003. With the return of the Hayabusa capsule, targeted for June 13 at
Australia’s remote Woomera Test Range in South Australia, JAXA will
have concluded a remarkable mission of exploration — one in which NASA
scientists and engineers are playing a contributing role. To learn more click here.