Sakigake


Sakigake was an ISAS (Japan) mission which flew by Comet Halley on 11 March 1986 and measured plasma waves, solar wind, and magnetic fields. Sakigake also made observations of near-Earth and interplanetary cruise. On 8 January 1992, Sakigake made an Earth swingby, the first planet swingby for a Japanese spacecraft. Contact with Sakigake was lost in November 1995 after the spacecraft ran out of fuel. The Sakigake spacecraft was almost identical to its companion Halley's comet mission, Suisei.


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NASA Official: Dr. Ed Grayzeck Last Updated: 20 September 2000, DRW