Hayabusa2 to Ryugu, sample & return mission

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Re: Hayabusa2 to Ryugu, sample & return mission

#41  Postby newolder » Oct 02, 2018 4:01 pm

Within the next few hours, 8 to 10 or so, the small asteroid lander MASCOT should start its operations from the surface of Ryugu. This lander has a 1 hop capability if things are not ok initially.
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Re: Hayabusa2 to Ryugu, sample & return mission

#42  Postby newolder » Oct 04, 2018 9:20 pm

MASCOT has finished its job. Story @ space.com
RIP, MASCOT: Hopping Lander Meets Its End on Asteroid Ryugu
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | October 4, 2018 01:42pm ET
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Re: Hayabusa2 to Ryugu, sample & return mission

#43  Postby newolder » Oct 14, 2018 12:33 pm

Hyabusa2's shadow, MASCOT's approach and hops before its demise on the 'crazy' rocky surface.
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Re: Hayabusa2 to Ryugu, sample & return mission

#44  Postby newolder » Oct 15, 2018 7:15 am

October landing postponed til after January 2019.
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Figure 2: L08-B (area enclosed within the red circle) and its peripheral area imaged from a lower altitude. The photograph was captured with the ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic) from an altitude of about 1.9km during the MASCOT separation operation on October 3, 2018 at 05:41 JST.
(Image credit ※: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST).


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This decision to postpone touchdown is based on two main reasons. The first involves the improved understanding of the surface conditions on Ryugu by the operations conducted so far, and the second is the increased knowledge of the precision of the navigation guidance of the spacecraft.
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Re: Hayabusa2 to Ryugu, sample & return mission

#45  Postby newolder » Feb 07, 2019 2:08 pm

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe to land on asteroid on Feb 22
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Tokyo (AFP) Feb 6, 2019

A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system is expected to land on the rock later this month, officials said Wednesday.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said the Hayabusa2 probe is expected to touch down on the Ryugu asteroid at 8am local time on February 22.
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