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At 5:46 a.m. on the 20th (Japan Standard Time,) JAXA received a signal from an asteroid
explorer, Hayabusa, which stated descending toward an asteroid, Itokawa, in the night of
the 19th for touching down (landing and sampling), that it had released the target marker.
The altitude of the Hayabusa at that time was about 40 meters, thus we are almost certain
that the target marker reached on the surface of the Itokawa.

For more details about the touchdown, we are now gathering data from the Hayabusa.


 
 

An Itokawa's image captured at 4:58 JST. (20 November)
 
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