Hayabusa: the mission that brought an asteroid down to Earth

“Some of the rarest, most precious materials on Earth originated very, very far away, and are only available to us now because of the incredible Hayabusa mission of JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The Hayabusa spacecraft landed on asteroid 25143 Itokawa in November 2005, collecting tiny grains of material and bringing them back to Earth.

Find out more about these incredibly foreign bodies and the mission to collect them in this video, originally created as part of ESA’s joint, live webcast with ESO for Asteroid Day 2018.

To watch the replay go to https://youtu.be/rZv4wQsOMuA

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