Video: Return of the Hayabusa asteroid mission capsule


12 Responses to “Video: Return of the Hayabusa asteroid mission capsule”

  1. angryhippo says:

    Andromeda strain!

  2. musicman says:

    Two things made me laugh here. The first was the term “over an unpopulated area of central Australia”. Central Australia is largely desert. It barely needs qualification as “unpopulated”, and specifying “an unpopulated area” is similar to saying “I work in a building in Tokyo” – ie, you aren’t learning much from the qualification.

    Then, of course, it occurred to me how anthropocentric I was being. Of course, while it may be desert and not very accommodating to human needs, that fact alone makes it perfect for some ecosystems to survive. Life in the Australian outback can be incredibly rich and diverse.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That was absolutely beautiful.

  4. Hirsty says:

    Nah. It was tops. Cheers.

  5. pgt says:

    Optuser: The capsule used pyrotechnics to jettison the heat shield and backshell, and to deploy the parachute. The guy with the helmet is ‘safing’ the capsule, ensuring that all pyro devices have been fired, and removing them if they have not.

    Of course, though, that’s just the cover story. You saw the original ‘Alien’, I assume. The faceguard is just common sense.

  6. RHK says:


  7. benher says:

    Can’t wait for the results from the capsule! Sadly, the analysis will take some time to see just how much (if any) rocks and dust made it inside.

  8. optuser says:

    Did you see the capsule here?

    All that work for something not much bigger than a lunchbox. Why the HURT LOCKER treatment? They worried the fizzies inside are all shook up and ready to pop?

    Good work JAXA and NASA and the cosmic forces that nudged this tin can back to Earth.

    If they want to recoup some of the mission cost they can take the parachutes, cut them into 1 cm squares and sell them off at a few thousand a pop. I’d buy one if I had that kinda money.

  9. 2k says:

    Ape fingers. lol
    Gottfried Plattner, here we come!

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