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Sakigake Mission

Sakigake (MS-T5) was a test spacecraft designed by Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) to encounter comet 1P/Halley. Its launch was a test to confirm the performance of the newly developed ISAS launch system before the system was used to launch the Suisei spacecraft on 18 August 1985.

Sakigake (MS-T5) was launched from Kagoshima Space Center on 8 January 1985. The spacecraft carried three instruments to measure wave spectra, solar wind ions, and interplanetary magnetic fields. Sakigake flew by comet 1P/Halley at a distance of about 7 million kilometers on 11 March 1986.

Telemetry contact was lost with Sakigake on 15 November 1995. Future missions of the spacecraft had included a flyby of comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova on 3 February 1996, and a flyby of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner on 29 November 1998.

The SBN is the PDS node leading the efforts to restore and archive the data from the small body missions such as the Sakigake mission.

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Data Sets

1P/Halley Encounter

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Related Datasets

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