Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hayabusa and Guinness

Welcome back to JJNN.

Today's article appears in the Japanese version of slashdot.

 Way back in May of last year I talked about the unmanned space probe called Hayabusa. To make the long story of Hayabusa very short, it went into deep space, landed on an asteroid and came back to earth with particles of that asteroid. That makes Hayabusa the first probe to bring something back from an object in outer space other than the moon. To celebrate that fact, Guinness visited Tane-ga-shima to present JAXA with an award for that and also one for having the prob that traveled the furthest in space and survived the return trip.

The awards were accepted in front of the rocket bay known for having the biggest doors in the world and also for making the balloon that flew the highest in the world.

In other Hayabusa news, it seems that 3 different movies are in the process of being made in Japan for Hayabusa. Out of those three movies, it seems that Watanabe Ken may be staring in one of the movies.

It is  now time for the word of the day. Today's word is 惑星(わくせい). It is pronounced wakusei and it means planet.

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