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Prof. Matogawa said, 'Operations cannot confirm the ascent. Beacon from Hayabusa continues. Hayabusa descended in autonomous mode. The laser range finder on Hayabusa indicated an altitude of 17 meters. After that, descent stopped, but Hayabusa did not begin ascending. At 07:00 JST, Operations sent to Hayabusa the command to ascend. Operations is making the effort to understand what happened.'
It discharged the target marker. After that, it descended autonomously to 17 meters. Then there was neither rising nor falling, it stopped in place. Altitude at this time is not known. Whether it was hovering or had laded is unclear. After that, Usuda transmitted to it to rise and to enter into safe mode. Rise is not verified to present time.
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