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It’s Time for Hayabusa-2 to Come Home

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is on its way home. The asteroid-visiting, sample-return mission departed asteroid Ryugu (162173 Ryugu) on Wednesday,…

2 days ago

Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way

A new study suggests that comets and asteroids that graze Earth's atmosphere might be responsible for the spread of life…

4 weeks ago

Hayabusa 2 Has Sent its Last Rover to Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission to asteroid Ryugu has reached one of its final milestones, if not its climax. The sample-return…

1 month ago

This Summer’s Asteroid Near-Miss Helped Greenlight NASA’s NEOCam Mission to Search the Skies for Killer Spacerocks

Last July, a once-in-a-lifetime event happened. Not the good kind; the football-field-sized-asteroid near-miss kind. And that near miss is the…

2 months ago

Hayabusa 2 has one Last Lander it’s Going to Throw at Ryugu

JAXA recently released photos of their Hayabusa2 mission deploying target markers to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.

2 months ago

A Distant Asteroid Collision Gave Earthly Biodiversity An Ancient Boost

About 466 million years ago, there was an asteroid collision in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The collision…

2 months ago

Metallic Asteroids Might Have Had Volcanoes Erupting Molten Iron. That’s So Metal

Remember the asteroid Psyche? It's the largest known asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It's been in…

2 months ago

Europe and US are Going to Try and Deflect an Asteroid

The ESA and NASA are getting closer to mounting the AIDA mission, which will will test the effectiveness of asteroid…

2 months ago

Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile”

When Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, it carried four small rovers with it. Hayabusa…

3 months ago

Watch this Amazing Video of Hayabusa 2 Picking Up a Sample from the Surface of Ryugu

A new video shows Japan's Hayabusa 2 sample return spacecraft collecting samples from asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft has been at…

4 months ago