September 04, 2011

Japan's hyabusa space probe set new records in space travel with a 382 million mile round trip

“(Japan’s).. Hayabusa space probe returned last month from a seven-year, 382-million-mile round trip to an asteroid, giving a much-needed confidence boost to a country worried that its technological prowess might be waning.”


Source: In a Space Probe’s Flawed Journey, a Test for Japan
By HIROKO TABUCHI
July 1, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/business/global/02space.html?_r=1&ref=asia&pagewanted=print

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