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We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.
Communications were lost with the lander, which was carrying a small rover named Pragyan to the lunar surface.
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.
LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.
Last week, technicians installed the carousel that holds the tools and drill bits that will be used to collect samples for future return to Earth.
The combination lander, rover, and orbiter fired its main engine to enter orbit around the Moon at 09:02 IST (03:32 UTC) on 20 August.
The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.
If your latitude is within 42 degrees of the equator, there's a chance you may be able to spot LightSail 2's reflective solar sail.
At 02:21 IST (20:51 UTC), the spacecraft fired its main engine, changing its orbit to intersect with the Moon.
JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.
The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.
In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.
Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).
Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.
The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).
Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.
PlanetVac, a technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.
Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.
Pictures taken by the spacecraft's cameras Friday evening show a crescent Earth, as LightSail 2 heads into orbital sunset.
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