Source Pravda.Ru

Japan's Hayabusa closes in on asteroid landing site

Stunning imagery is being returned by Japan’s Hayabusa space probe as it draws closer to its celestial target: asteroid Itokawa. Now just a few miles distant from the space rock, the &to=' target=_blank>spacecraft is poised for an historic attempt to collect and return a specimen to Earth from such an object. Imagery from Hayabusa is being used by Japanese scientists to target potential touchdown sites on the rocky world.