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Hayabusa 2 launch deferred until Dec 3 due to weather

Hayabusa 2 launch deferred until Dec 3 due to weather

Less than 24 hours before a set launch time, a Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that their Hayabusa 2 launch will be deferred until no-earlier-than Tuesday, Dec. 2 during 11:22 p.m. EST (Wednesday, Dec. 3 during 1:22 p.m. JST). The classification had announced on Friday, Nov. 28 that a strange launch day of Nov. 30 had to also be pushed back due to a frozen covering of clouds in a atmosphere over a launch site during Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island. The asteroid-bound booster will be a second probe from Japan to collect samples from an asteroid for scientists behind on Earth.

In central release from JAXA a group settled a following:

We motionless to postpone as a outcome of a go/no go preference assembly currently that delicately checked a continue foresee and found that clever breeze surpassing a continue restrictions was projected around a launch pad during a scheduled launch time on a prior report launch day of Dec. 1 (Mon.), 2014.

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-built booster and a piggyback payloads are partial of an general partnership between Japan, France, and Germany. Companies DLR (German Aerospace Center) and CNES (National Center for Space Studies) supposing a MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) lander that Hayabusa 2 will muster to a asteroid’s surface.

Lifted into space by a H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26, Hayabusa 2 is approaching to strech a targeted asteroid in 2018 before returning to Earth in late 2020.

JAXA also cautions that the launch might be behind serve depending on continue conditions and other factors.

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