Hayabusa’s Haul Could Help JAXA to Avoid Cutbacks

Gov’t cost-cutting panel recommends maintaining space project budget Mainichi Daily News

The government’s cost-cutting panel, tasked with identifying wasteful public projects, recommended on Nov. 18 that current budget allocations for space projects be maintained.

The recommendation comes just days after the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed particles contained in a capsule from the space probe Hayabusa — which returned from the Itokawa asteroid in June — were extraterrestrial.

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