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Hayabusa2 prepares for holiday break as Sun passes between Earth and asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • November 15, 2018

The spacecraft will spend the end of 2018 a safe distance from Ryugu, as the Sun's position makes communications with Earth spotty.

Collecting a sample from asteroid Ryugu is going to be dicey

Jason Davis • October 19, 2018 • 1

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft was scheduled to touch down on Ryugu later this month, but that has been delayed to early 2019.

Heiligenschein Throughout the Solar System

Brittney Cooper • October 16, 2018 • 2

When planetary scientist Brittney Cooper was scrolling through the downlinked images of Hayabusa2’s approach of asteroid Ryugu, a familiar sight caught her attention.

MASCOT landing on Ryugu a success

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2018 • 4

For 17 hours on 3 October, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) lander sent data to the waiting Hayabusa2 orbiter from multiple locations on Ryugu.

Japan's asteroid hoppers deliver new batch of incredible images

Jason Davis • September 27, 2018 • 4

Pics of Ryugu's surface show loose piles of gravel strewn with larger rocks and boulders.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully drops rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • September 22, 2018 • 3

The two small spacecraft are the size and shape of cheese wheels, and can autonomously hop around the surface.

Hayabusa2 stops short of close approach on first touchdown rehearsal

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2018 • 1

Hayabusa2 didn’t quite make it down to its intended 60-meter distance from asteroid Ryugu yesterday. There is nothing wrong with the spacecraft; it’s healthy and returning to its home position. The team will adjust parameters and give it another try in the future.

Hayabusa2 prepares to collect samples, leave Planetary Society names on Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 28, 2018

The names were collected by the Society in 2013, and are stored on target markers that will be dropped on the asteroid.

Hayabusa2 Team Announces Ryugu Landing Sites, Initial Science Survey Results

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2018 • 3

Two months after arrival, the team has reported some preliminary facts about Ryugu. They also announced the selection of candidate landing sites for the spacecraft sample collection, for the German-built MASCOT hopper, and for the MINERVA-II microrovers

Hayabusa2 descends again, this time to lower than 1000 meters above Ryugu

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2018 • 4

This week Hayabusa2 completed its closest approach yet to asteroid Ryugu. In a successful gravity measurement experiment on August 6, the spacecraft dipped to within 1 kilometer of the asteroid.

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