Japan's Hayabusa2 Successful In Collecting Samples From Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 Successful In Collecting Samples From Asteroid


Japan has claimed a world first with its Hayabusa 2 probe which made a “perfect” touchdown today on a distant asteroid. Not only that, but the Hayabusa2 probe also collected samples from beneath the surface of the asteroid. This unprecedented mission may help provide more insight about the origins of the solar system.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda said at a news conference that “We’ve collected a part of the solar system’s history,” as subsurface material has never been gathered before from a celestial body that was further away from the moon. Japan has been able to do it successfully in a world first.

Hayabusa2 Probe Set To Land On Ryugu Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe set to land on Ryugu asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented mission collecting underground rock samples. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at a speed of 40 centimeters per second.

Hayabusa2 Probe Descending To Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2 probe descending to asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented touchdown for collecting rock samples inside the asteroid. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time.

The Hayabusa2 began its descent from its home position altitude of 20,000 meters before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at the speed of 40 centimeters per second.

Hayabusa2 Probe Begins Descent Onto Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe begins descent onto asteroid

Japan's space agency says the Hayabusa2 probe has begun its descent onto an asteroid. It is attempting a groundbreaking mission to collect rock samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid.

At around 10:46 a.m. Japan time, the Hayabusa2 started its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters onto the asteroid Ryugu.

Hayabusa2 To Attempt Second Landing On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to attempt second landing on asteroid

Japan's space agency says it will try to have the Hayabusa2 space probe make a second landing on the asteroid Ryugu next month.

Engineers at the Japan Space Exploration Agency, or JAXA, first landed Hayabusa2 on the asteroid in February.

Jaxa Confirms First Ever Crater Made On Asteroid

JAXA confirms first ever crater made on asteroid

Japan's space agency has confirmed that its Hayabusa2 space probe has succeeded in creating an artificial crater on the surface of an asteroid, the world's first attempt to study its interior.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency made the confirmation on Thursday after analyzing images taken from 1,700 meters above the asteroid, named Ryugu.

Jaxa's Plans For Asteroid Crater

JAXA's plans for asteroid crater

Japan's space agency JAXA plans to bring its Hayabusa2 probe closer to the asteroid Ryugu to get a closer look at a crater it made, to decide how to study the asteroid's interior.

JAXA scientists plan to determine the exact shape and depth of the crater and the size of nearby rocks to create a detailed topographical map.

Jaxa: Hayabusa2 Creates Crater On Asteroid

JAXA: Hayabusa2 creates crater on asteroid

Japan's space agency says its probe Hayabusa2 has succeeded in the world's first mission of creating a crater on an asteroid.

JAXA said on Friday that the spacecraft made the crater by shooting a metal object onto the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.

Hayabusa2 To Create Artificial Crater On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to create artificial crater on asteroid

Japan's space probe operating on an asteroid some 340 million kilometers from Earth is preparing to study the asteroid's interior by creating an artificial impact crater.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, announced on Monday that the Hayabusa2 probe will attempt to create the crater on the asteroid, called Ryugu, on April 5.

Hayabusa2 Begins Collecting Samples On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 begins collecting samples on asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says the Hayabusa2 space probe has touched down on the asteroid Ryugu and started to collect rock samples.

JAXA says it received data at around 8:00 AM on Friday, Japan time, or 23:00 UTC on Thursday. Hayabusa2 began descending toward Ryugu a little after 1:00 PM on Thursday from an altitude of 20,000 meters.

Hayabusa2 About To Descend Toward Asteroid

Hayabusa2 about to descend toward asteroid

Japan's space agency is preparing to land the Hayabusa2 probe on an asteroid.

The probe will begin to descend from an altitude of 20,000 meters shortly after 8 AM Japan time on Thursday, or 23:00 UTC on Wednesday. The landing is scheduled for about 24 hours later, and scientists will later attempt to collect rock samples.

Hayabusa2 To Make 2 More Landings On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to make 2 more landings on asteroid

Japan's space agency JAXA says its space probe Hayabusa2 is scheduled to make one or two more landings on the asteroid Ryugu before July.

Officials say one attempt will be the first of its kind, involving the use of a device called an impactor to create a crater-like hole on the surface.

Hayabusa2 Successfully Lands On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 successfully lands on asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says its Hayabusa2 space probe has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu in its first attempt to collect rock samples there.

JAXA says the spacecraft touched down on the asteroid at around 7:29 AM on Friday, Japan time.

Hayabusa2 Continues Descent To Asteroid

Hayabusa2 continues descent to asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe has been slowly descending to the asteroid Ryugu in its final maneuver to land on the asteroid to bring its rock samples back to Earth.

The descent began at around 1:15 PM, Japan time, or 04:15 UTC on Thursday from an altitude of 20,000 meters.