Update: As of 1611 UTC, the IKAROS blog is reporting “IKAROS state has been confirmed to be good.” More images and data are in the works, but we’re not likely to see anything until tomorrow.
It’s getting late in Japan (2306 JST as I write, or 1406 UTC), and although a JAXA tweet promised new photos for today, the IKAROS blog is still showing the same deployment image we looked at yesterday. More as it becomes available and, naturally, I’m also following the fortunes of Hayabusa, now on final approach to the Woomera Test Range in South Australia. Re-entry is targeted for June 13. Meanwhile, I’m holding on a story (not on IKAROS) that comes off embargo this afternoon and will be posting today’s main entry in a few hours.