This Day In Astro History

June 13

2010 - Hayabusa, Japanese Space Agency, returns to Earth at 13:51 GMT. Launched in 2003 to collect asteroid dust from Asteroid Itokawa in late 2005. The landing sight was in Australia. This was the first mission to have succesfully returned samples from an asteroid.

1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first manmade object to leave the solar system.

1944 - Jet Propulsion Lab's Birthday

1831 - James Clerk Maxwell's Birthday. At the age of 24 he wrote "On Faraday's Lines of Force" showing that a few simple equations could describe the behavior of electric and magnetic fields. "Maxwell's Equations" first appeared in fully developed form in Electricity and Magnetism (1873). He died in 1879.
Hayabusa Returns Home
Hayabusa Returns Home
Hayabasu_JAXA The next morning
Hayabasu_JAXA has landed. View from the next morning.
Pioneer 10 Plaque
A gold plaque aboard Pioneer 10 gives a graphic representation of our home and species.
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