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Scientists Capture Hayabusa Re-entry From NASA's DC-8 Flying Lab
06.16.10
 


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft leaves a streak of light behind the clouds is as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. This image was taken from Kingoonya, South Australia - a nearby town - and was captured by leaving the camera lens open for 80 seconds. In Kingoonya, the spacecraft’s re-entry was visible to the human eye for only 15 seconds. Left: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft leaves a streak of light behind the clouds is as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. This image was taken from Kingoonya, South Australia - a nearby town - and was captured by leaving the camera lens open for 80 seconds. In Kingoonya, the spacecraft’s re-entry was visible to the human eye for only 15 seconds.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Ed Schilling
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. Left: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Jesse Carpenter / Greg Merkes
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. Left: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Jesse Carpenter / Greg Merkes
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. Left: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Jesse Carpenter / Greg Merkes
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. Left: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa spacecraft was captured by scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory as it re-entered the atmosphere on June 13, 2010 over the Woomera Test Range in Australia.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Jesse Carpenter / Greg Merkes
Click on the image for full-resolution.