Japanese Mars Probe: Unlucky Guy Gets Second Chance SpaceDaily

This year’s “Mars hunt” should soon have a new participant: After five involuntarily idle years in space, the Japanese craft “Nozomi” will try an Earth swing-by this week when it passed Earth as close as 11,000 kilometers July 19 (at 14.43 GMT), and by using the Earth’s gravity, was set on a new trajectory towards the red planet where it should arrive around New Year.