Japan Presents Hayabusa Model in Recognition of Australia’s Support

Japan Presents Hayabusa Model in Recognition of Australia’s Support
Hayabusa Model Visits VSSEC

On Tuesday 12th October Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and Mr Ryuzo Sasaki, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan unveiled models of the Hayabusa spacecraft and the asteroid Itokawa at Questacon. They spoke of the spacecraft's remarkable journey, and the important role Australian agencies and scientists played in bringing it back to earth.

The model will visit VSSEC during the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum Water Rocket Event and Educator Workshop.

“In June this year, this spacecraft landed in Woomera, South Australia, following a three billion kilometre journey to the asteroid Itokawa and back,” Senator Carr said. “It was the first time a spacecraft had landed on an asteroid and returned, bringing back with it extraterrestrial particles”. Within four days, the sample container was airlifted to the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science at Sagamihara Campus for sample retrieval and analysis.

The Hayabusa model is one fifth the size of the actual spacecraft and is accompanied by a 1:1000 scale model of the Itokawa asteroid.

Before going on public display at Questacon in December the models will be on display in Melbourne during the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF).

APRSAF is co-hosted by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and promotes collaboration between the regions’ space agencies. As part of this program VSSEC will host the [intlink id="2311" type="page"]APRSAF Water Rocket Event[/intlink] for students aged 12 to 16 years and an [intlink id="2311" type="page"]Educators Workshop[/intlink]. The Hayabusa model will be on display at VSSEC during these events and will be an excellent backdrop for the presentation by the Head of the Guidance and Control Team for the Hayabusa mission and APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group (SEA WG) co-chair, Prof. Takashi Kubota.

The Water Rocket Launch Competition will be held at Cross Keys Reserve Strathmore, Sunday 21st October starting at 1:00pm. Students from around the Asia-Pacific region, including a team from Australia, will compete to land their water rockets in the centre of a Mars target. Come and cheer these budding rocket scientists along and see if Australia can be the first country to land on Mars.

Following these events the Hayabusa model will move to the Crown Conference Centre, the venue for APRSAF-17 before returning to Questacon.