Press Release


Asteroid Explorer 'HAYABUSA' (MUSES-C)
Commencement of Particles Collection

July 7, 2010 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) started to open the sample container(*1) of the HAYABUSA at the Curation Center(*2) at the Sagamihara Campus on June 24, 2010 (Japan Standard Time,) and has been preparing for particles collection from the container. We would like to announce that we began particles collection and recorded management of particles collection operations on July 6 (JST.)

*1 Sample container: it was in the HAYABUSA's capsule exclusively for storing samples
*2 Curation center: a facility for particles collection, observation and distribution

The curation operations are being carried out in cooperation with NASA.