Jaxa: Hayabusa2 Has Landed On Ryugu

JAXA: Hayabusa2 has landed on Ryugu

Japan's space agency has announced its space probe Hayabusa2 has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The probe is on an unprecedented mission to collect underground rock samples.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters on Wednesday morning, Japan time.

Jaxa: Data Indicates Hayabusa2 Has Landed On Ryugu

JAXA: Data indicates Hayabusa2 has landed on Ryugu

Japan's space agency says it has received data suggesting its space probe Hayabusa2 has landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The probe is on an unprecedented mission to collect underground rock samples.

Hayabusa2 began its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters on Wednesday morning, Japan time.

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.

Artificial Crater On Ryugu Has Diameter Over 10m

Artificial crater on Ryugu has diameter over 10m

Japan's space agency says an artificial crater on the asteroid Ryugu has a diameter of more than 10 meters and a depth of 2 or 3 meters.

Officials of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, say they plan to judge by mid-June whether its Hayabusa2 space probe can land in or near the crater.

Hayabusa2 To Land On Ryugu On Feb.22

Hayabusa2 to land on Ryugu on Feb.22

Japan's space agency plans to land the Hayabusa2 probe on the asteroid Ryugu on February 22.

Hayabusa2 entered orbit around Ryugu in June of last year. 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: 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.