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Watch a Japanese probe blast an asteroid

If there was ever any doubt that Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft was able to get access to samples from an asteroid called Ryugu last month, a video released today should put those doubts to rest. The black-and-white video clip, shot by the … Continue reading

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Japan’s ispace moon mission plans battery test

The Japanese moon venture known as ispace says it has recruited new corporate partners and struck a deal to put a commercial payload on its Hakuto-R lunar lander. Ispace has arranged for two spacecraft to be launched to the moon, in 2020 and … Continue reading

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Hayabusa 2 probe touches down on asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft successfully touched down today on asteroid Ryugu, more than 200 million miles from Earth, during an operation aimed at blasting away and collecting a sample from the space rock. The 18-foot-wide spacecraft was programmed to extend a yard-long tube … Continue reading

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Russians reboot space station computer

A balky computer system is working again on the International Space Station, thanks to a reboot, the Russian space agency reported today. “The system was tested for one and a half turns of the station’s flight around the Earth (about … Continue reading

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Lander captures views of asteroid’s rugged terrain

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe and the German-French MASCOT lander have teamed up to send back amazing views of an asteroid that’s more than 180 million miles from Earth, including a snapshot of the lander falling toward the asteroid and an … Continue reading

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Lander plops down on asteroid for 17-hour survey

A robotic probe the size of a shoebox set itself down on the asteroid Ryugu, more than 180 million miles from Earth, and conducted a 17-hour survey of its rocky surroundings. The foot-wide, German-built lander is called MASCOT, which stands … Continue reading

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Check out Hayabusa 2 mission’s asteroid close-ups

The scientists and engineers behind Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission made history last week when the mission’s mothership dropped two mini-rovers onto the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, 180 million miles from Earth, but they’re not resting on their laurels. The first rovers … Continue reading

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