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Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft mission has started its journey back to Earth after an exploration of the asteroid Ryugu. The probe will land on Earth sometime in December 2020, with eagerly awaited samples of the surface of the asteroid. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, started the process of the return journey on November 13. The probe is expected to break free of the asteroid’s gravity on November 18, after which its ion engine will start for its return. Hayabusa-2 was deployed in December 2014 to explore the asteroid ...
The Hayabusa 2 has successfully landed on a faraway asteroid - the Ryugu asteroid to collect samples that could give insights into the evolution of the solar system. The successful landing met with cheer and applause at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). β€œThe touchdown is successful,” Jaxa spokesman Takayuki Tomobe said. This is the second touchdown for the Hayabusa 2 which has returned to the Ryugu asteroid to collect matter that can shed light into what the solar system was like 4.6 billion years ago. JAXA said that...
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