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Japan's sample return spacecraft only has about 3 months left at asteroid Ryugu. Its next action will be to drop more stuff on the surface.
The LSST is expected to increase the number of known small bodies by more than a factor of 10.
The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.
JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.
Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.
Last week, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission announced that they had achieved an orbit above asteroid Bennu with an altitude of only 680 meters. Now they are surveying for landing sites and have invited the public's help.
IN THE EARLY hours of 22 February, light was just beginning to brighten the campus of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) in Kanagawa, Japan. It should have been a quiet time, but the Hayabusa2 control room was packed with people. We were about to land on an asteroid.
The reflective softball-sized sphere will give the spacecraft a visual guide during a second potential sample collection.
The spacecraft is healthy and safe, but time is running out to collect a second sample from asteroid Ryugu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently sweeping arcs between the asteroid's north and south poles.
Hayabusa2's SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.
Hayabusa2 successfully used its explosive-packed SCI experiment to create an artificial crater on asteroid Ryugu.
The Hayabusa2 team held a press briefing last week at LPSC to report newly published results on asteroid Ryugu.
The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will deploy its Small Carry-on Impactor experiment, SCI, on 5 April.
The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.
The mission is also gearing up for a possible second sample collection.
The spacecraft fired a bullet into the surface and unleashed a massive spray of debris.
Touchdown occurred at about 22:49 UTC on 21 February, and the spacecraft is healthy.
More than 4 years after launch and a half year surveying asteroid Ryugu, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready for sample collection.
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