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06-19-2010, 02:10 AM
Congratulations to the Hayabusa mission team that successfully recovered the payload from the Itokawa asteroid visitor. What a remarkable story this has been. http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_Hayabusa_Adventure_999.html

06-19-2010, 03:03 AM
rocket scientists are awesome at salvaging a bad situation

06-19-2010, 07:37 AM
The article mentions that Hayabusa means "falcon" but what it doesn't say is that it means "Perigrine Falcon", the fastest bird in the sky. It isn't common for the Japanese to be that ostentatious and boastful but in this case they deserve it. The name is appropriate since the reentry velocity will have been the highest of any returning spacecraft.

Michael Edwards
06-19-2010, 10:35 AM
Just for a second there Dennis, I thought you got rid of the Harley and got a two wheeled Busa. :D