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Here’s the surface of an asteroid like you’ve never seen it before

May 12th, 2020

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe snapped some gorgeous images of the surface of Ryugu. The photos show the color contrast of Ryugu’s surface, with the redder areas getting their color to an intense run-in with the Sun at some point in the asteroid’s past. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The Japanese space agency JAXA sent …

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Watch Japan’s asteroid probe touch down on asteroid Ryugu

July 29th, 2019

Japanese space agency JAXA has had an up-close-and-personal relationship with the asteroid known as Ryugu ever since its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft entered orbit around the space rock in June of last year. The probe shot two separate projectiles at the asteroid and successfully snagged a pair of material samples. Its most recent (and daring) maneuver was …

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Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it’s too darn rough

October 11th, 2018

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe has already completed a number of scientific firsts. It successfully entered orbit around the Ryugu asteroid, deployed a pair of rovers and a sensor-packed instrument cube to send back data about the rock, and delivered the very first images snapped from the surface of an asteroid. Unfortunately, those anticipating the probe …

Japanese probe sends back stunning new images from asteroid’s surface

September 27th, 2018

It’s only been a couple of days since Japanese space agency JAXA showed off the very first images taken from an asteroid’s surface, but we’re already getting more. JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 probe and its army of unusual rovers are delivering all kinds of awesome photos from the surface of the Ryugu asteroid, and this history-making mission …

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Japan just announced when it will attempt to land on an asteroid

August 31st, 2018

It’s been about two months since Japan’s space program, JAXA, arrived at the asteroid known as Ryugu. The mission began way back in 2014, and it took JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft over three years to reach the dumpling-shaped space rock. Now, Japan has announced when it will begin the process of actually landing on the asteroid. …