Hayabusa into ascent at the last minute?
Just the information from the JAXA/ISAS blog. Hayabusa has shifted into autonomous ascent for some reason several minutes after it changed the attitude towards Itokawa at 14 m, where the communication through the high gain antenna had to be terminated and switched into beacon mode.
People on the live video streaming seem to be waiting anxiously.
JAXA blog doen't mention the timeline, so this could either be due to the nominal sequence or an abort. How long would it take to free-fall at 14m? The gravity at the landing site of Itokawa anyone?
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