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Japan Successfully Tests Asteroid-Shattering Space Cannon

Japan Successfully Tests Asteroid-Shattering Space Cannon

You have to crawl before you can walk — be you a baby or an asteroid-blasting space cannon. Now, after a successful test-fire here on Earth, Japan’s specially made cannon for its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is ready to take its first, real steps in outer space.

Japan Sending Mirrorball To Mercury

Japan Sending Mirrorball To Mercury

Fresh from the (possible) success of its Hayabusa comet dust hoover, Japan is planning a new space mission – sending a rotating mirrored probe to the currently fashionable planet Mercury.

Hayabusa Probe Disintegrates Over Australia

Hayabusa Probe Disintegrates Over Australia

NASA captured the re-entry of Japan’s troubled but still successful Hayabusa probe early this morning over Australia. The payload reportedly ejected without incident and parachuted to earth. What you see here is everything else going to hell (by design):