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Hayabusa2 update: New views of Ryugu and corkscrew course adjustments

Emily Lakdawalla • June 21, 2018 • 2

Ryugu has continued to grow in Hayabusa2's forward view, resolving into a diamond-shaped body with visible bumps and craters! They've done hazard searches, optical navigation imaging, and measured the rotation rate at 7.6 hours.

Dawn Journal: Spiralling Down

Marc Rayman • June 15, 2018 • 5

Propelled by the perfect combination of xenon ions, hydrazine rocket propellant and adrenaline, Dawn is on the verge of its most ambitious exploits yet.

Hayabusa2: Ryugu takes shape

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2018

Hayabusa2 is now less than 1000 kilometers away from Ryugu, and the tiny asteroid is beginning to betray its shape.

Hayabusa2's Approach phase has begun with a new photo of Ryugu!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2018 • 1

On June 3, Hayabusa2 ended use of its ion engines, for now, and is coasting the remaining distance toward Ryugu. It's using an optical navigation camera to image the asteroid's position against a field of background stars to help it navigate.

Dawn Journal: Getting Elliptical

Marc Rayman • May 25, 2018 • 2

For the first time in almost a year, the Dawn mission control room at JPL is aglow with blue.

What kind of asteroid is Ryugu?

Makoto Yoshikawa • April 24, 2018 • 1

What do we already know about Ryugu, and why is it so hard to know what it looks like? Hayabusa2 Mission Manger Makoto Yoshikawa

Dawn Journal: The Final Countdown

Marc Rayman • April 02, 2018 • 1

The Dawn mission has only one revolution to go before the spacecraft begins the final campaign of its long and rewarding deep-space adventure.

Hayabusa2 has detected Ryugu!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2018 • 1

In a milestone for the mission, JAXA's Hayabusa2 sample return spacecraft has sighted its destination, asteroid Ryugu.

Dawn Journal: 4 Billion Miles

Marc Rayman • January 17, 2018 • 3

Permanently in residence at dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is now preparing to add some finishing touches to its mission.

Planetary Society asteroid hunter snags picture of interstellar visitor ʻOumuamua

Jason Davis • November 07, 2017 • 3

Asteroid hunters named the first-known interstellar asteroid ʻOumuamua as a nod to its scout-like traits.

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