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Probe Misses Its Mark Approaching Asteroid

November 21, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

A Japanese research probe failed to touch down on an asteroid after developing trouble just yards away from the surface, Japan's space agency said.

The orbiting Hayabusa probe was on a mission to briefly touch down on the asteroid, collect material and bring it back to Earth.

Ground control lost contact with Hayabusa for about three hours after it descended to 56 feet from the asteroid's surface, officials from Japan's space agency said.

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