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Asteroid flyby visible to New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on February 15th, 2013.

Saturday morning stargazers may catch a glimpse of the 45 metre asteroid called DA14 as it passes over New Zealand on its ‘near miss’ flight past Earth. The asteroid, identified last year, will pass within 28,000km of Earth at around 8.30am Saturday NZT – closer than the orbit of some man-made satellites orbiting the Earth. […]

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ODT/NZPA: Scientists hopeful space capsule will reveal secrets

Peter Griffin posted in on June 16th, 2010.

The Japanese space capsule, hopefully containing the first asteroid samples to be brought back to earth, has successfully landed in South Australia. The capsule was launched in 2003 and supposed to return in 2007 – technical issues delayed its arrival. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The capsule will return to Japan before scientists discover […]

Radio NZ: Spacecraft lands in Australian outback

Peter Griffin posted in on June 14th, 2010.

A Japanese space capsule which, hopefully, contains the first asteroid sample to be brought back to Earth, has landed in South Australia. The mission was launched in 2003, and was supposed to return in 2007 – unexpected technical errors delayed its return from the Itokawa asteroid. An excerpt: (read in full here) The Hayabusa explorer […]

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