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Jason Davis is a journalist and digital editor for The Planetary Society, trying to spread the PB&J (passion, beauty & joy) of space exploration.

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.

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.

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.

Watch Hayabusa2's incredible touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • March 05, 2019 • 3

The spacecraft fired a bullet into the surface and unleashed a massive spray of debris.

Hayabusa2 has touched down on Ryugu!

Jason Davis • February 21, 2019

Touchdown occurred at about 22:49 UTC on 21 February, and the spacecraft is healthy.

What to expect when Hayabusa2 collects a sample from Ryugu

Jason Davis • February 19, 2019

More than 4 years after launch and a half year surveying asteroid Ryugu, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready for sample collection.

Hayabusa2 team sets date for sample collection, considers two touchdown sites

Jason Davis • January 16, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft will try to collect a sample from asteroid Ryugu during the week of 18 February, mission officials said during a press briefing last week.

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

Jason Davis • November 15, 2018 • 1

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 • 2

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

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.

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