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  • JAXA releases video of dramatic Hayabusa 2 asteroid touchdown

    Derek RichardsonMarch 10th, 2019

    The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft briefly touched down on asteroid Ryugu on Feb. 21, 2019, in order to collect samples by firing a bullet into the surface.

  • Hayabusa-2 successfully touches down on asteroid Ryugu

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 22nd, 2019

    Japan's Hayabusa-2 successfully landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu Feb. 21 and attempted to collect samples to return to Earth for analysis.

  • European MASCOT spacecraft successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 5th, 2018

    An asteroid that could strike Earth is being studied by spacecraft, landers and rovers to provide clues about this potential threat.

  • Japan successfully lands two small rovers on asteroid Ryugu

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 23rd, 2018

    Touchdown! JAXA has made history at asteroid Ryugu!

  • Hayabusa 2 arrives at asteroid Ryugu

    Jim SharkeyJune 29th, 2018

    After a journey of about 2 million miles (3.2 billion kilometers), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA)  Haybusa 2 spacecraft rendezvoused with its target, the asteroid Ryugu. This latest milestone marked a critical point in a mission designed to investigate these tiny remnants of the formation of our solar system.

  • MIPS in space: Inside JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 mission to asteroid rendezvous

    SpaceFlight InsiderNovember 8th, 2015

    A Q&A interview with Associate Professor Yuichi Tsuda, Ph.D., the project manager for Hayabusa-2, about the use of the 64-bit MIPS CPU aboard the Hayabusa-2 probe and its mission to asteroid 162173 Ryugu. Hayabusa-2 is aimed at completing Hayabusa's mission objectives and will attempt to return a sample of the asteroid to Earth.

  • Back to the future: 64-bit MIPS CPU explores the origins of the Solar System

    SpaceFlight InsiderNovember 7th, 2015

    A report on the specially-developed 64-bit MIPS-based CPU installed on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa-2 spacecraft that is en route to a rare asteroid – 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3) – to explore the origin of the Solar System. The Hayabusa-2 probe is designed to follow upon the Hayabusa in completing mission objectives, as well as returning a sample of the asteroid back to Earth.

  • JAXA’s Hayabusa 2 in “good health” en route to asteroid

    Britt RawcliffeMarch 8th, 2015

    The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 recently completed an initial check of its functions on Mar 3, three months after its launch on Dec 3, 2014, from Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island. Dubbed the “Asteroid Explorer” by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the probe is currently en route towards the near-Earth asteroid 1999 JU3. […]

  • “Asteroid Explorer” Hayabusa 2 successfully launches

    Britt RawcliffeDecember 3rd, 2014

    Late last night (Wednesday afternoon in Japan) at 11:22 p.m. EST (1:22 p.m. JST), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched their “Asteroid Explorer” spacecraft, Hayabusa 2. It was launched aboard the Mitsubishi-built H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 out of the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island. The spacecraft is now headed to collect samples from […]

  • Ganbatte! Japan set to launch Hayabusa 2 on Dec 3

    Britt RawcliffeDecember 2nd, 2014

    On Wednesday, Dec. 3, JAXA plans to start the new month off with the launch of their Hayabusa 2 spacecraft atop a H-IIA launch vehicle No. 26 out of Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima Island. The launch is currently scheduled to take place at 11:22 p.m. EST (1:22 p.m. JST) on Tuesday night (Wednesday afternoon in Japan). Hayabusa 2 […]

  • Hayabusa 2 launch postponed until Dec 3 due to weather

    Britt RawcliffeNovember 30th, 2014

    Less than 24 hours before the set launch time, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has declared that their Hayabusa 2 launch will be postponed until no-earlier-than Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11:22 p.m. EST (Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 1:22 p.m. JST). The organization had announced on Friday, Nov. 28 that the original launch day of Nov. […]

  • JAXA postpones launch of Hayabusa 2 spacecraft

    Jason RhianNovember 28th, 2014

    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA ) has decided that the flight of their Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will have to wait a little longer before taking to the skies. JAXA had planned to launch the spacecraft atop the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 on Nov. 30 at 1:23 p.m. (Japan Standard Time) from Tanegashima Space Center in […]

  • US, Japanese Scientists Share Knowledge on Asteroid Missions

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 12th, 2014

    Sharing travel tips is always a smart thing to do ahead of a long and challenging journey. It’s even more important when you’re embarking on a million miles long mission to asteroid. Being aware of that, University of Arizona (UA) scientists met last week with their colleagues from the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science […]

  • Japan to launch Hayabusa 2 asteroid-hunting probe November 30

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 3rd, 2014

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26) with the Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa 2 onboard at 1:24:48 p.m. (Japan Standard Time) on Nov. 30, 2014. The launch will take place from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center.

  • Japan unveils its new asteroid hunter – Hayabusa 2

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 1st, 2014

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unveiled on Sunday a new space probe that is expected to be launched later this year on a mission to an asteroid to help unravel the mystery of how life began in our solar system. Developed at a cost of about 28.9 billion yen ($280 million), the Hayabusa 2 […]