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HAYABUSA: Back to Earth


On May 9, 2003, the Japanese space probe HAYABUSA was launched atop a M-V Launch Vehicle on a mission to return a sample from the asteroid Itokawa.  However, as the 2 billion kilometer mission went on, more and more technical challenges faced the tiny probe.  Eventually landing on the asteroid, and after more amazing work by earth-based scientists and engineers, it returned to earth on June 13, 2010.  This is the inspiring story of that “little spaceship that could!” HAYABUSA: Back to Earth is a full dome production by Hiromitsu Kohsaka/GOTO Inc.

HAYABUSA: Back to Earth was voted the most popular film and was awarded the Audience Choice Award at the 'Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival in 2010.  Producer: Hiromitsu Kohsaka/GOTO Inc.  Presented in English.

Earlier Event: November 30
Later Event: December 1
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