13316686 story NASA Aircraft Videos Hayabusa Re-Entry 56 Posted by timothy on Sunday June 13, 2010 @03:20PM from the insert-intensifier-amazing dept. astroengine writes "Flying above the Australian Outback, NASA's converted DC-8 jet videoed the violent re-entry of the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft. Flying in front of the disintegrating probe, the mission's sample return capsule can be seen speeding though the atmosphere. According to reports, the capsule landed safely and will be collected by helicopter in the morning." "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait posts about the successful return as well.