Hayabusa Full Mission Timeline

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Spacecraft Event Time. UTC/GMT Times.



Time (UTC/GMT+0)Event
2003-05-09Launch
tbdlate 2003: Large solar flare degrades the solar panels
2004-05-19Earth Fly-By (3,725 km)
2005-06-01Asteroid 25143 Itokawa Rendezvous begins
2005-07-31Loss of X-axis reaction wheel
2005-09-12  01:00Spacecraft becomes still 20km above the Asteroid (20 km)
2005-10-03Loss of Y-axis reaction wheel
2005-11-14Minerva lander deployed but likely drifted into space; contact with Minerva lost
2005-11-19  20:40Landing attempt: Hayabusa hits surface and bounces off
2005-11-19  21:10Landing attempt: Hayabusa hits surface and bounces off
2005-11-19  21:30Landing attempt: Hayabusa hits surface and bounces off
2005-11-19  21:58Emergency ascent from asteroid
2005-11-25  22:07Second landing attempt
2005-12-09Contact lost; return to Earth delayed until 2007
2006-03Contact reacquired by not stable
2007-01-01Leaves asteroid for return journey to Earth
2010-06-01Retun to Earth