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1. Hayabusa 2 complete, ready to begin its journey to asteroid 1999 JU3

(Web Page; Fri Oct 31 11:48:00 CDT 2014)

The excitement is building for Hayabusa 2! The spacecraft is now complete and ready to be shipped to its launch site. JAXA unveiled its next interplanetary traveler to the media in a special event on August 31. Soon the spacecraft will b...

Description: The excitement is building for Hayabusa 2! The spacecraft is now complete and ready to be shipped to its launch site. JAXA unveiled its next interplanetary traveler to the media in a special event on August 31.

2. Brief mission update: Hayabusa 2 has a launch date!

(Web Page; Mon Sep 29 23:33:00 CDT 2014)

JAXA announced the launch date for their Hayabusa 2 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 ...

Description: JAXA announced the launch date for their Hayabusa 2 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)

3. Hayabusa 2 nearly ready for launch: Photos from Tanegashima, and new artist's renderings

(Web Page; Fri Oct 31 10:03:00 CDT 2014)

On October 27, JAXA provided media with an opportunity to view the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft at the Tanegashima space center, where it's making final preparations for launch. The spacecraft had been fueled with xenon, but not yet with more h...

Description: On October 27, JAXA provided media with an opportunity to view the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft at the Tanegashima space center, where it's making final preparations for launch. Koumei Shibata was there, and took several photos. And artist Go Miyazaki has shared several terrific new renderings of the spacecraft in flight.

4. Hooray for Hayabusa!

(Web Page; Tue Feb 11 13:06:00 CST 2014)

According to JAXA (the Japanese space agency), poor little Hayabusa has successfully restarted its ion engine and has resumed powered flight today. Hooray! This is good news for Hayabusa's eventual return to Earth. The Japanese version ...

Description: According to JAXA (the Japanese space agency), poor little Hayabusa has successfully restarted its ion engine and has resumed powered flight today. Hooray! This is good news for Hayabusa's eventual return to Earth.

5. Hayabusa: Waiting

(Web Page; Fri Feb 14 12:08:00 CST 2014)

We're in the final days of the Hayabusa mission, but until Sunday I think we're in a state of "no news is good news." Which is not to say that things aren't busy on Earth. NASA's Ames Research Center issued a press release describing th...

Description: We're in the final days of the Hayabusa mission, but until Sunday I think we're in a state of "no news is good news."

6. A brief history of Hayabusa

(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 12:02:00 CST 2014)

For those of you who found my Hayabusa mission recap too long, here's a graphical version of the history of the Hayabusa mission. In a week I'll know where exactly to draw that last line segment. Enjoy! © Emily Lakdawalla, The Pl...

Description: For those of you who found my Hayabusa mission recap too long, here's a graphical version of the history of the Hayabusa mission.

7. Hayabusa update

(Web Page; Fri Feb 14 11:29:00 CST 2014)

JAXA has posted a note on their website on the status of Hayabusa, which apparently reached aphelion in late May. Hayabusa is Japan's amazing ion-powered mission to asteroid Itokawa, which touched down on Itokawa to grab a sample in mid-...

Description: JAXA has posted a note on their website on the status of Hayabusa, which apparently reached aphelion in late May. Hayabusa is Japan's amazing ion-powered mission to asteroid Itokawa, which touched down on Itokawa to grab a sample in mid-November 2005, but suffered an injury that has left in doubt its ability to return the sample capsule to Earth.

8. Anticipating the end of Hayabusa

(Web Page; Thu Nov 07 19:59:00 CST 2013)

One commenter on my earlier post on Hayabusa said, "Perhaps I'm just reading it wrong (or missing some vital bit of context), but there doesn't seem to be a TCM after capsule separation. That would indicate that Hayabusa follows the caps...

Description: A successful sample return for the Hayabusa mission will mean the fiery death of Mr. Hayabusa himself. The poignancy of this is not lost upon the people in Japan who are following the mission.

9. Hayabusa on the home stretch

(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 12:14:00 CST 2014)

Hayabusa is still 100 million kilometers from the Earth, less than an astronomical unit away but still with months to travel. But according to an update posted to their websitethis morning by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi, Hayabusa...

Description: Hayabusa is still 100 million kilometers from the Earth, less than an astronomical unit away but still with months to travel. But according to an update posted to their websitethis morning by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi, Hayabusa is on the home stretch.

10. There's more to the Hayabusa story

(Web Page; Mon Feb 24 12:00:00 CST 2014)

After posting my brief "Hooray for Hayabusa" note on Thursday I got an email from the Japanese blogger "5thstar," telling me that there was more to Hayabusa's story and pointing me to his translation to English of a lengthier Hayabusa up...

Description: After posting my brief "Hooray for Hayabusa" note on Thursday I got an email from the Japanese blogger "5thstar," telling me that there was more to Hayabusa's story.

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