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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…

2 years 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…

2 years ago

Toyota is Building a Pressurized Lunar Rover for Japan

JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is teaming up with the nation's largest company to build a lunar rover. Toyota,…

2 years ago

Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On July 11th,…

2 years ago

The Japanese asteroid-hunter had another photo opportunity when it dropped a target marker on asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft just launched its second target marker to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.

2 years ago

Hayabusa1’s Samples of Itokawa Turned up Water That’s Very Similar to Earth’s Oceans

A recent study of samples from the asteroid Itokawa has revealed that "dry" asteroids may have delivered up to half…

3 years ago

Here’s the Video of Hayabusa2 Bombing Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's recently shared a video of the crater their Hayabusa2 spacecraft created on the surface of Ryugu.

3 years ago

Hayabusa2 Fires an Anti-Tank Warhead at Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft recently struck the asteroid Ryugu with an explosive payload, which will help it collect samples that could…

3 years ago

Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Aren’t Sure Why

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Ryugu, which mission controllers noticed after the spacecraft touched down on the…

3 years ago

Shout Out to Japan! Their Hayabusa2 Spacecraft has Collected its First Samples from Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed an important part of its mission to asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft descended to the surface…

3 years ago