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.

Hayabusa2 To Begin Descent Toward Asteroid

Hayabusa2 to begin descent toward asteroid

The Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 will soon begin its descent toward the asteroid Ryugu for a landing.

Hayabusa2 was launched in 2014 and arrived above Ryugu in June last year. The asteroid is about 300 million kilometers from Earth.

Hayabusa2 Releases Landing-marker On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 releases landing-marker on asteroid

Japan's space agency, JAXA, says it has released a target marker onto the asteroid Ryugu to prepare for the planned landing of the Hayabusa2 probe there early next year.

Hayabusa2 arrived at a home position 20 kilometers from Ryugu in June. The asteroid is about 300 million kilometers from Earth.

European Probe Lands On Ryugu Asteroid

European probe lands on Ryugu asteroid

Space agencies in Europe say a probe deployed from Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.

The touchdown comes after the lander was released on Wednesday from Hayabusa2 when it was about 51 meters above the asteroid.

Jaxa Releases Images Sent From Asteroid Rovers

JAXA releases images sent from asteroid rovers

Japan's space agency JAXA has released images of the surface of the asteroid Ryugu captured by two robotic vehicles that landed there last week.

The rovers, called MINERVA-II-1, have been hopping around the surface of the asteroid taking pictures after being released from the Hayabusa2 probe last Friday, Japan time.

Japan Lands Robots On Asteroid 180 Million Miles Away

Japan Lands Robots On Asteroid 180 Million Miles Away

Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has landed a couple of robots on the asteroid Ryugu some 180 million miles from Earth. The cylindrical robots are about 18cm wide and 7cm tall. They made their journey on the Hayabusa2 spacecraft which was launched from the Earth back in December 2014.

Hayabusa2's Rovers Successfully Land On Asteroid

Hayabusa2's rovers successfully land on asteroid

Japan's space agency JAXA says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have landed on the asteroid Ryugu.

JAXA officials say they determined the landing was successful after the MINERVA-II-1 rovers beamed back images to Earth. They say the images captured different places on the asteroid's surface, suggesting the vehicles took the images as they moved.

Rovers From Hayabusa2 Land On Asteroid

Rovers from Hayabusa2 land on asteroid

Japan's space agency says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.

JAXA officials announced on Saturday that images beamed back to Earth showed that the MINERVA-II1 rovers had touched down on the asteroid.

Hayabusa2 Asteroid Probe Deploys Rovers

Hayabusa2 asteroid probe deploys rovers

Japan's space agency JAXA says its Hayabusa2 probe has released its first pair of rovers designed to land on the asteroid Ryugu.

JAXA officials say they'll likely know on Saturday, Japan time, whether the MINERVA-II-1 rovers have successfully landed on the asteroid, through images beamed back to Earth.

Hayabusa2 Probe To Land Rovers On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe to land rovers on asteroid

Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 probe will deploy the first 2 of 4 robot vehicles it is carrying on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu this month.

The spacecraft, which is designed to land on Ryugu in its final mission, has been observing the asteroid since nearing it in late June.

Hayabusa-2 Most Likely To Land At Asteroid Equator

Hayabusa-2 most likely to land at asteroid equator

Japan's space agency has picked 3 locations on the Ryugu asteroid for its Hayabusa-2 probe to make its first landing. It sees the asteroid's equator as the most likely point.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, revealed the 3 candidate locations on Thursday.

Jaxa: Ryugu Was Likely Born From Asteroid Pieces

JAXA: Ryugu was likely born from asteroid pieces

NHK has learned that scientists now believe the asteroid Ryugu was likely formed from a collection of asteroid fragments.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft began observing Ryugu after it reached 20 kilometers from the asteroid on June 27th.

Japanese Asteroid Probe Making Final Approach

Japanese asteroid probe making final approach

Japan's national space agency says its probe, "Hayabusa2," will reach the orbit of the asteroid Ryugu in just a few days.

On Saturday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, invited journalists to see how its scientists determine the exact location of the probe.