Hayabusa2 Now On Return Journey To Earth

Hayabusa2 now on return journey to Earth

Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 is on its way back to Earth after confirming its main engines are working properly.

The probe reached the asteroid Ryugu last June and spent about one and a half years exploring its surface before leaving on November 13.

Hayabusa2 Leaves Asteroid For Earth

Hayabusa2 leaves asteroid for Earth

Japan's space agency says its probe is on its way back to Earth after leaving the asteroid, Ryugu.

Hayabusa2 was launched in 2014 and reached the asteroid about 300 million kilometers from Earth in June last year. It succeeded in an unprecedented mission of touching down twice and collecting rock samples from beneath the surface.

Japanese Recovery Capsule Returns To Earth

Japanese recovery capsule returns to Earth

Japan's first recovery capsule returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday morning Japan time as scheduled.

Japanese space agency JAXA confirmed that it landed shortly after 7:00 AM in the Pacific Ocean near Minamitorishima in the Ogasawara Islands. The capsule will be recovered by ship.

Japanese Cargo Spacecraft Departs Iss For Earth

Japanese cargo spacecraft departs ISS for Earth

Japan's cargo spacecraft Kounotori is returning to Earth with a recovery capsule from the International Space Station.

The Kounotori 7 was launched in September and delivered food and other supplies to the space station, along with a capsule for bringing back supplies.

Japanese Astronaut Returns To Earth

Japanese astronaut returns to Earth

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai and 2 crewmembers have returned to Earth after completing their mission at the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the 3 landed on the plains of Kazakhstan around 9:40 PM on Sunday, Japan Time. The other crewmembers are an American and a Russian.

Kanai To Return To Earth From Space Station

Kanai to return to earth from space station

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will return to earth on Sunday completing a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Kanai and 2 other astronauts from Russia and the United States are getting ready to board the Russian spacecraft Soyuz to head back to earth.

2018 Lexus Gx 460 Drivers' Notes Review | When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth

2018 Lexus GX 460 Drivers' Notes Review | When dinosaurs roamed the earth

The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has been on sale since late 2009. There have been a few minor updates, but a 2018 model is essentially the same as one from 2010. It's based on the global Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and shares more than a little with the Toyota 4Runner. It slots between the Lexus RX and the big daddy Lexus LX. Despite its age, it's still a seller. Sales were up in 2017. In fact, the GX had its best year in the U.S. since 2005. Blame cheap gas all you want. Really, people just want SUVs.

We have a base-spec model. The only option is navigation. There's no heated seats or upgraded audio or safety features like blind-spot monitoring or active cruise control. It's basic and honest, but it also highlights just how out of date the GX really is.

New Toyota Ev Motor Needs Less Rare-earth Metal, So Costs Less To Make

New Toyota EV motor needs less rare-earth metal, so costs less to make

TOKYO — Toyota has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20 percent, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker on Tuesday said it had developed a magnet which replaces some of the neodymium, a rare earth metal used in the world's most powerful permanent batteries, with more abundant and cheaper lanthanum and cerium, adding that it aimed to use the magnets in electric vehicle motors within the next 10 years. As production of hybrid and other electric cars is expected to ramp up in the coming years, automakers and electronics companies have been developing new high-powered magnets which require less rare earth metals to reduce costs and trim exposure to possible fluctuations in supply. A temporary export ban of neodymium by major supplier China in 2010 during a territorial dispute with Japan and periodic supply shortages have highlighted automakers' dependence on these materials. "An increase in electric car production will raise the need for motors, which will result in higher demand for neodymium down the line," Akira Kato, general project manager at Toyota's advanced R&D and engineering company, told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo. "If we continue to use neodymium at this pace we'll eventually experience a supply shortage ... so we wanted to come up with technology which would help conserve neodymium stocks." At the moment, magnets used in most automobiles to operate motors for everything from hybrid and other electric drivetrains to power steering systems comprise a total of around 30 percent of the rare earth elements neodymium, terbium and dysprosium. Automakers including Honda have found ways to eliminate dysprosium and terbium, which cost around $400 and $900 per kilogram, respectively, from magnets by increasing the amount of neodymium, which costs around $100 per kilogram. Toyota has come up with a way to cut out the expensive metals from the magnets and also reduce the amount of neodymium in favor of lanthanum and cerium, which each cost around $5-$7 per kilogram. Kato declined to give specific details on cost reductions, but said that Toyota could replace up to half of the neodymium used in magnets for motors which operate conventional vehicle functions like power windows with lanthanum and cerium, and around 20 percent for electric motor magnets. Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu

Tahara On Tanaka: Light On Earth And Flesh

Tahara on Tanaka: Light on earth and fleshTwo years ago, Min Tanaka, an internationally renowned dancer and award-winning actor, received a phone call from an old friend and fellow artist he hadn't been in contact with for more than 30 years. "What shall we do with the photographs?" asked the still familiar voice on the other end of the line.


The answer to that question has taken the form of a stunningly powerful exhibition of photographs of Tanaka by Keiichi Tahara, now on show at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo.

Mitsubishi Ka-band Gan-hemt Mmic For Satellite Earth Stations Offers High Output Power

Mitsubishi Electric's Ka-band GaN-HEMT MMIC for Satellite Earth Stations Offers High output power and low distortion - FareastgizmosMitsubishi Electric announced today it will launch a Ka-band (26-40GHz) 8W gallium nitride (GaN) high-electron mobility transistor (HEMT) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier for satellite earth stations. Satellite networks are used for high-speed communication during natural disasters and in areas where ground networks are difficult to construct, are currently implemented mainly in the C-band (4-8GHz) and Ku-band (12-18GHz), but higher frequencies are increasingly being used. Also, market demands for deployments in the higher-frequency Ka-band are increasing.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new Ka-band GaN-HEMT MMIC will help meet the growing demand for higher frequency deployments, as well as facilitate the development of satellite communications equipment capable of extra-high output power and efficiency. The new MGFG5H3001, which offers industry top-level low distortion and output power rating of 8W, boasts a small footprint that will help to downsize power transmitters. Mitsubishi Electric will begin shipping samples on November 1.

Robots To Be Our 'representatives On Earth' Using Touch Technology

Robots to be our 'representatives on Earth' using touch technology

Robots could soon negate the need for humans to leave the home to sightsee or shop, thanks to new technology that allows them to experience things on their behalf, even including the sense of touch.

Tokyo-based start-up Telexistence Inc. unveiled the technology in the capital on June 12. The system enables robots to remotely provide services for humans, such as seeing exhibitions in museums or shopping for clothes in department stores.

Jaxa Lunar Orbiter Confirms Earth’s Oxygen Lands On Moon

JAXA lunar orbiter confirms Earth’s oxygen lands on moonLong a mystery of lunar science, the presence of oxygen on the surface of the moon has been known to scientists but not its origin.
Now, a team of Japanese researchers has confirmed that oxygen carried from Earth by the "Earth wind," a wind of magnetospheric ions, travels 380,000 kilometers through space to reach the moon's surface.