Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Welcome to Asteroid Ryugu, Hayabusa2!

A snapshot of Ryugu that was taken by Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft prior to it entering orbit around the asteroid...on June 27, 2018 (Japan Time).

Hayabusa 2 Rendezvous with Ryugu (Press Release)

JAXA confirmed Hayabusa 2—JAXA’s asteroid explorer—rendezvoused with Ryugu, the target asteroid.

On June 27, 2018, JAXA operated Hayabusa 2's chemical propulsion thrusters for the spacecraft's orbit control.*

The confirmation of the Hayabusa 2 rendezvous made at 9:35 a.m. (Japan Standard Time, JST) is based on the following data analyses:

・The thruster operation of Hayabusa 2 occurred nominally
・The distance between Hayabusa 2 and Ryugu is approximately 20 kilometers
・Hayabusa 2 is able to maintain a constant distance to asteroid Ryugu
・The status of Hayabusa 2 is normal

From this point, we are planning to conduct exploratory activities in the vicinity of the asteroid, including scientific observation of asteroid Ryugu and surveying the asteroid for sample collection.

* Hayabusa 2 operation hours: 7:00 a.m. (JST) through 3:00 p.m. (JST), June 27. The thruster operation was pre-programmed in the event sequence earlier on the day and the command was automatically executed.

Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


My participation certificate for Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission.

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