Hansjörg Dittus was appointed as DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology on 1 October 2011. From 1977 to 1982, Dittus studied physics and geophysics at the University of Munich. After graduating, he worked as a researcher in the Institute of General and Applied Geophysics at the University of Munich, and was awarded a doctorate in 1986.
Japan’s Hayabusa2 is just 6 kilometers from asteroid Ryugu as it prepares to snatch samples of the space rock for return to Earth. ISAS/JAXA Director General and former Hayabusa Mission Project Manager Hitoshi Kuninaka joins us for a conversation about the spacecraft and what’s ahead.