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Hayabusa sample capsule photographed on the ground in Australia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 09:23 CDT

Hayabusa sample capsule photographed on the ground in Australia

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Hayabusa's return: a review

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 04:47 CDT

Hayabusa's return: round up some of the amazing photos, movies, and artworks that were posted and shared and Tweeted and re-Tweeted over the previous dozen hours or so.

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Welcome home, Hayabusa!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 09:18 CDT

At 13:51 UTC, the Hayabusa spacecraft -- having traveled to an asteroid and back, surviving countless challenges-- broke up into a fiery meteor over the midnight, midwinter Australian sky.

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Preparing for Hayabusa's return

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/11 06:10 CDT

Only about 40 hours remain for the Hayabusa mission. Its dramatic entry will take place at 14:00 UTC on Sunday, June 13.

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Titan's rivers are square

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/11 01:07 CDT

Titan's rivers are square

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IKAROS: Successful sail deployment and solar power generation! Hooray!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 10:46 CDT

JAXA finally issued the formal announcement: they successfully expanded IKAROS' square sail!

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Big hunks of carbonate rock on Mars at last

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 04:33 CDT

Big hunks of carbonate rock on Mars at last

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Hayabusa: Waiting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 09:08 CDT

We're in the final days of the Hayabusa mission, but until Sunday I think we're in a state of "no news is good news."

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U.S. Citizens: Please write your elected representatives about restarting plutonium-238 production!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 04:34 CDT

U.S. Citizens: Please write your elected representatives about restarting plutonium-238 production!

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Hayabusa's final approach on target; Japan's ready to receive samples

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 12:34 CDT

Hayabusa's final maneuver, a three-hour "firing" of its ion thrusters to fine-tune the spacecraft's trajectory toward Australia, was successful.

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Progress -- with pictures! -- on IKAROS' sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 09:19 CDT

Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.

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A brief history of Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 09:17 CDT

For those of you who found my Hayabusa mission recap too long, here's a graphical version of the history of the Hayabusa mission.

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Hayabusa: "I did my best!"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:26 CDT

Hayabusa: "I did my best!"

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Apply for a Shoemaker NEO Grant! Deadline extended to June 24

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:00 CDT

Apply for a Shoemaker NEO Grant! Deadline extended to June 24

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IKAROS team proceeds with final stage of sail deployment!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 11:32 CDT

Just a brief update on IKAROS: According to their blog, JAXA has decided to proceed with the final stage of IKAROS' sail deployment.

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Bill Nye Signs on as Planetary Society's New Executive Director

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 05:32 CDT

Bill Nye Signs on as Planetary Society's New Executive Director

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Six days left for Hayabusa: A recap of the mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 05:27 CDT

Six days left for Hayabusa: A recap of the mission

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IKAROS update: Rotation rate inexplicably increasing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 11:53 CDT

JAXA's end-of-Sunday update on IKAROS' status gives more details about an issue they are working on the spacecraft. The spacecraft itself is in perfect health, but its dynamics are different from what was expected.

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IKAROS sail deployment delayed until at least Tuesday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/06 05:08 CDT

This is just a brief update to yesterday's post to add a few sentences that Lou wanted to hold until JAXA had had a chance to issue an official statement.

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Taking things slowly with IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/05 12:30 CDT

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman was at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.

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