Hayabusa2 -  JAXA Mission to Asteroid Ryugu

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Mission Summary
Hayabusa2 is an asteroid sample return mission operated by the Japanese space agency, JAXA. The target is asteroid 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3).
Hayabusa2 arrived at asteroid Ryugu on June 27, after which the spacecraft remained at a distance of about 20km (the Home Position) to continue to observe the asteroid.
In the week of July 16, operations were begun to lower the hovering altitude, eventually bringing the spacecraft to less than 6km from the asteroid surface. Hayabusa2 will depart from the asteroid in December 2019, and return to Earth in December 2020.

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Hyabusa2 Arrives at Asteroid Ryugu.pptx

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Hyabusa2-fig1.jpg Asteroid Ryugu from an altitude of 6km. Image was captured with the Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic (ONC-T) on July 20, 2018.

topics_20151005.jpg Hayabusa2 will target a C-type asteroid "Ryugu" to study the origin and evolution of the solar system.

hayabusa2_list_001.jpg Hayabusa2 will bring back a capsule with samples.

hayabusa2_overview_01.jpg Spacecraft

hayabusa2_overview_02.jpg Lander

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