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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.