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(Web Page; Wed Dec 03 00:13:00 CST 2014)
Description: Hayabusa 2's H-IIA rocket has just reached its launchpad! Japan's next asteroid sample return mission was supposed to launch this weekend, but weather has not been good at the Tanegashima launch site and it has been delayed four days already. If the weather holds, it will launch December 3 at 04:22 UT (13:22 JST, or December 2 at 20:22, PT). UPDATED to add links to live webcasts.
(Web Page; Wed Dec 03 12:49:00 CST 2014)
Description: Hayabusa 2 successfully launched on December 3, 2014 at 04:22 UTC, and embarked on its interplanetary journey about two hours later. During the launch, cameras captured video of the spacecraft fairing separation.
(Web Page; Fri Oct 31 11:48:00 CDT 2014)
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.
(Web Page; Mon Sep 29 23:33:00 CDT 2014)
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)
(Web Page; Fri Oct 31 10:03:00 CDT 2014)
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.
(Web Page; Tue Feb 11 13:06:00 CST 2014)
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.
(Web Page; Fri Feb 14 12:08:00 CST 2014)
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."
(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 12:02:00 CST 2014)
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.
(Web Page; Fri Feb 14 11:29:00 CST 2014)
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.
(Web Page; Thu Nov 07 19:59:00 CST 2013)
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.