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2005.11.26

We will know at 8:10

Just came in on Matsuura's blog. Prof. Matogawa says they still don't know. They don't have information because it is in beacon mode. They are now swtiching to Usuda station so they will know once they get the downlink. The Doppler readings have some anomaly this time. Reason unknown. It could be possible if the probe drifted horizontally into the rocky area. At the altitude "22m", one reading was 17m and the other was 30 some meters. This could mean it was over a sloped land. If drifted more than 60m it could be over the area they call "Mt. Yatsugatake", very rocky area. They will re-establish the communication link at 8:10 from Usuda.

When it turned into ascent, the project manager Kawaguchi said "well, we will try it again," and the people around got relaxed. They are just waiting now.

They used the same target marker that is already on the surface of Itokawa, so they might try yet another chance.

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