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Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Andrew Jones • July 11, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

Treasure Hunting With Hayabusa2

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2019

IN THE EARLY hours of 22 February, light was just beginning to brighten the campus of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) in Kanagawa, Japan. It should have been a quiet time, but the Hayabusa2 control room was packed with people. We were about to land on an asteroid.

Hayabusa2 drops second target marker, targets artificial crater for sample collection

Jason Davis • June 04, 2019 • 1

The reflective softball-sized sphere will give the spacecraft a visual guide during a second potential sample collection.

Hayabusa2 Encounters Snag Trying to Drop Second Target Marker

Jason Davis • May 21, 2019 • 2

The spacecraft is healthy and safe, but time is running out to collect a second sample from asteroid Ryugu.

Here’s an Update on Hayabusa2’s Crater-Creating Explosion

Jason Davis • May 03, 2019 • 3

Hayabusa2's SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.

Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Blasting New Crater on Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019 • 1

Hayabusa2 successfully used its explosive-packed SCI experiment to create an artificial crater on asteroid Ryugu.

First Science Results from Hayabusa2 Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2019 • 2

The Hayabusa2 team held a press briefing last week at LPSC to report newly published results on asteroid Ryugu.

What to Expect When Hayabusa2 Blows a Hole in Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 01, 2019 • 1

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will deploy its Small Carry-on Impactor experiment, SCI, on 5 April.

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space

Jason Davis • March 19, 2019 • 1

The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.

Hayabusa2 Scores a Bulls-eye on Touchdown, More Explodey Fun on the Horizon

Jason Davis • March 07, 2019 • 1

The mission is also gearing up for a possible second sample collection.

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