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Brief mission update: Hayabusa2 has a launch date!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

29-09-2014 23:28 CDT

Topics: Hayabusa2, mission status

JAXA announced the launch date for their Hayabusa2 asteroid sample return mission today: November 30 at 13:24:48 Japan standard time (04:24:48 UT / November 29 at 20:24:48 PST). This is slightly earlier than I expected (JAXA has, for a long time, just specified a "December" launch date.) The H2A rocket will launch, as usual, from the Tanegashima launch complex. I thank Junya Terazono for the news! Here are two sites (in Japanese) that may carry updates on mission status:, and The latter is already running a countdown clock: Just 61 days to launch! He also shared this link to a PDF launch press kit, containing launch timeline information and other details about the instruments and subsatellites to be launched with Hayabusa2, including ARTSAT2-DESPATCH and PROCYON. I'll work on translating this information and post key elements it closer to the launch date.

Go Hayabusa2!

Hayabusa2 at Asteroid

JAXA / Akihiro Ikeshita

Hayabusa2 at Asteroid
Hayabusa2 will arrive at an asteroid in 2018 to investigate it for one and half years, before returning to Earth in 2020.
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lodaya: 10/01/2014 05:23 CDT

Emily: Thanks for all the work. According to wikipedia they have a lander and an impactor. The probe comes back to Earth, does the lander plan to go back and send material back?

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