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Japan is going to bring a piece of Mars’ moon Phobos back to Earth

February 20th, 2020

With groups like NASA and the European Space Agency focusing largely on missions to explore Earth’s moon and Mars, the Japanese space agency JAXA is taking a chance on a different kind of mission. According to reports out of Japan, JAXA is currently planning on a trip to two Martian moons, and they’re evening planning …

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Japan’s asteroid probe just fired up its engine for a historic return to Earth

December 3rd, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid probe has already accomplished a lot. The spacecraft successfully traveled to its target, a space rock known as Ryugu, where it entered orbit and completed some daring sample-gathering maneuvers. Earlier this month, the probe departed from the asteroid and today it begins its journey back to Earth. As reports, Hayabusa2 recently …

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Japanese cargo mission to ISS scrubbed after fire

September 11th, 2019

Sending stuff to space is very, very difficult. It can be easy to forget that, especially with the seemingly constant stream of rocket launches we see these days, but for as many successful launches as there are, there are always at least a few that hit snags along the way. Such is the case for …

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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 is going to blast a crater in an asteroid for science

March 18th, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is doing some big things during its time at the asteroid known as Ryugu. JAXA, Japan’s space program, arrived at the space rock last year and, after much planning, fired a projectile into its surface late last month to collect some samples of it surface. Now, JAXA is planning for an even …

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Japan might get an awesome new Moon rover built by Toyota

March 12th, 2019

Sending humans back to the Moon is something that NASA and a number of other space agencies around the world are currently working towards. Getting back there won’t be easy, but that’s not stopping anyone from trying. It’s been several decades since man has walked on the lunar surface, and the last time we were …