Asteroid Itokawa

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

Hayabusa’s Target Itokawa Formed 4.6 Billion Years Ago, But Then it Was Smashed Up About 1.5 Billion Years Ago

According to new research by a team of Japanese researchers, samples from the Itokawa asteroid provide new clues to the…

4 years ago

Returned Samples Of Asteroid Itokawa Show Violent 4.5 Billion Year History

Asteroid Itokawa had a sometimes violent 4.5 billion year history, according to samples returned by Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa.

6 years ago

Comet Landing: Side-By-Side Pics Of Alien Surfaces Humanity Explored

Correction, 11:33 a.m. EST: The University of Central Florida's Phil Metzger points out that the image composition leaves out Eros,…

8 years ago

Astronomers Look “Inside” an Asteroid for the First Time

From directly inferring the inside of an asteroid for the first time, astronomers have discovered these space rocks can have…

9 years ago

No Asteroid Particles Found in Second Hayabusa Compartment, But More in First

[/caption] No visible material from asteroid Itokawa was found inside the second compartment of a canister returned to Earth by…

12 years ago

Confirmed: Hayabusa Nabbed Asteroid Particles

[/caption] The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed that the tiny particles inside the Hayabusa spacecraft's sample return container…

12 years ago

JAXA: Hayabusa Capsule Contains Particles, Maybe of Asteroid

[/caption] At a press conference yesterday, officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that they had "scraped up"…

12 years ago

Hayabusa Sample Return Canister Opened, Contains Material

[/caption] The sample return canister from the Hayabusa spacecraft has been opened, and does contain a small amount of dust…

12 years ago