Sharp Blue: Asteroid sample return mission


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Yesterday, the Japanese space agency ISAS launched the MUSES-C spacecraft from the Kagoshima Space Centre. The probe will rendezvous with the asteroid 1998 SF36 and then return a sample of asteroidal material to Earth. The sample return capsule will land at Woomera (the site of the old British spaceport) in Australia in 2007. This is clearly a very important mission, as understanding asteroids will be a vital first step towards the full industrialisation of space.

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