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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 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.

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.

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