Beleaguered Japanese Asteroid Probe Headed Home

Japan's beleaguered space probe Hayabusa, which may or may not have collected samples of an asteroid, fired up its engine Wednesday to resume its trip back to Earth.
After more than a year coasting through space, Hayabusa reignited its ion-powered engine to begin the second leg of what has become an extra-long trek home from the asteroid Itokawa, said officials with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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