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Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile”

August 28, 2019

When Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, it carried four small rovers with…
Watch this Amazing Video of Hayabusa 2 Picking Up a Sample from the Surface of Ryugu

July 31, 2019

A new video shows Japan’s Hayabusa 2 sample return spacecraft collecting samples from asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft has…
Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid

July 17, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On…
Hayabusa2 Fires an Anti-Tank Warhead at Asteroid Ryugu

April 9, 2019

Last week, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s (JAXA) dropped an explosive warhead on the surface of asteroid 162173…
It is unclear how Ryugu's parent body became so dehydrated. Image credit: 2019 Seiji Sugita et al., Science
Hayabusa2 probes asteroid for secrets

March 22, 2019

The first data received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft in orbit of asteroid Ryugu helps space scientists explore conditions…
Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Are Not Sure Why

March 5, 2019

On June 27th, 2018, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft rendezvoused with the asteroid 162173 Ryugu.…
MASCOT Path Across Asteroid Ryugu During its 17 Hours Mission

October 16, 2018

The tiny hopping-robot MASCOT completed its 17 hour mission on the asteroid Ryugu in early October. Now the…
Japanese Rovers are Now on the Surface of an Asteroid, Sending Back Amazing Pictures

October 3, 2018

In December of 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa2 mission. As the second spacecraft…
ESA station tracks Earth flyby mission

December 3, 2015

An ESA deep-space ground station will lend a helping ear as Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid mission visits Earth on…
Tracking Japan’s asteroid impact mission

April 30, 2015

ESA is set to support Japan’s ‘touch-and-go’ Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, now en route to a little-known asteroid, helping to…
Exploring Comets and Asteroids is an International Endeavor

December 5, 2014

NASA and space agencies across the globe are opening up new possibilities for space exploration with missions to…
Japan Successfully Launches Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Sample Return Mission

December 4, 2014

Japan successfully launched their Hayabusa-2 sample return mission to asteroid 1999 JU3, and JAXA reports the spacecraft is…
Japanese ‘Space Cannon’ On Track For Aiming At An Asteroid: Reports

October 25, 2013

Watch out, asteroid 1999 JU3: you’re being targeted. As several media reports reminded us, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid…
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