Itokawa

Did the Earth’s Water Come From the Sun?

Where did Earth's water come from? Comets may have brought some of it. Asteroids may have brought some. Icy planetesimals…

12 months 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…

4 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

Awesome Radar Images Reveal Asteroid 2014 HQ124’s Split Personality

  On June 8, the 370-meter (about 1,300-ft.) asteroid 2014 HQ124 breezed by Earth at a distance of just 800,000 miles (1.3…

8 years ago

Hayabusa 2 Mission Approved by Japanese Government

[/caption] In 2010, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa completed an exciting although nail-biting mission to the asteroid Itokawa, successfully returning samples…

11 years ago

JAXA Delays Releasing Details of Hayabusa Sample Return

[/caption] No news yet if there are specks of asteroid dust in the Haybusa sample return container. JAXA has decided…

12 years ago