Welcome Back Hayabusa Asteroid Probe!

Welcome Back to Hayabusa Asteroid Probe!

Videolink between Questacon, Miraikan and VSSEC

Sunday 6th June 3:30 - 5:00pm

Hayabusa is the first mission to return a sample from an asteroid. The Hyabusa capsule is scheduled to return to Earth  on June 13th, 2010, at the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia. The Hyabusa project manager, Dr Junichiro Kawaguchi, and Dr. Trevor Ireland, the only Australian scientist to be involved in the preliminary examination of the sample will be talking to students via videoconference. Be part of this event at VSSEC!

When: Sunday 6th June

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Where: VSSEC @ Strathmore Secondary College, 400 Pascoe Vale Rd, Strathmore

Cost: FREE

*Seats are limited. To book a seat email bookings@vssec.vic.edu.au

Hayabusa was launched on the 9th May, 2003. It was accelerated by a swing-by of the Earth in May 2004 and reached its target, Asteroid Itokawa, on the 12th September 2005 after travelling about 2 billion kilometers. Hayabusa measured the geometry of Itokawa and made two landings in November to collect a sample. Asteroids are thought to be celestial bodies that preserve information from the time of the Solar System's formation. If we collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth  we can  further our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System. For mission details visit  http://hayabusa.jaxa.jp/e/index.html

Dr. Trevor Ireland is Professor at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. He will be in Woomera for the landing of the Hayabusa capsule and will then travel to Japan for the opening of the canister containing the returned material sample. Dr Ireland is the only Australian Scientist involved in the preliminary examination of the returned sample and will conduct further analysis of the sample.

Dr. Junichiro Kawaguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) is the Hayabusa project manager and the program director of the JAXA Space Exploration Center.