Launched by an M-V vehicle, an unmanned probe ˇ§Hayabusaˇ¨ was sent to explore an asteroid by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in May 2003. Its mission was to land on an asteroid ˇ§Itokawaˇ¨ 200 million kilometres away from the Earth, collecting rock fragments on its surface and bringing them back to our planet. Scientists believed that these fragments might contain features of the early solar system which could help us learn more about its creation.
Space missions are no simple tasks ever since. During Hayabusaˇ¦s first attempt of landing, a serious accident caused severe damage to its body. But as long as there was hope, the mission would carry on. Hayabusaˇ¦s second attempt was a successful one and rock samples were collected smoothly. However, there was subsequent leaking of gas, compromising the accurate aiming of solar panels toward the Sun. Even worse was that its communication with the control centre on Earth broke downˇKˇK Can Hayabusa return to Earth safely? Can Hayabusa bring the samples back to help unveil the mystery about the creation of our solar system?
The new Sky Show ˇ§Hayabusa: Back to the Earthˇ¨ will take the audience to travel through this unforgettable space journey with Hayabusa, sharing the excitement to explore the universe, encountering setbacks on its way through, experiencing the joy of arrival at destination, and facing the thrilling moments during its return trip together.