Dust samples reveal asteroid's history

Samples brought back from the Itokawa asteroid indicate that it's made up of the remnants of a much larger body.

Japan confirms Hayabusa probe contained asteroid dust

Japanese scientists say they're certain that particles captured by the Hayabusa spacecraft are indeed from the Itokawa asteroid.

Japanese space capsule recovered - but is there anything inside?

Japan's Hayabusa mission, the first to collect samples from an asteroid, made a successful return to earth last night in the Australian outback.