The next episode of the world famous asteroid explorer
Hayabusa2, the asteroid explorer that succeeds the original Hayabusa, aims to explore the origin and evolution of the earth, sea, and life by exploring C-type asteroids rich in water and organic matter, while maintaining and developing the deep space return exploration technology demonstrated by the original Hayabusa.Hayabusa2 was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on December 3, 2014, and after touching down on the asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, and dropping rovers to explore the surface, succeeded in various observations and returned to Earth at 6th December, 2020(JST).
After the capsule separation, the spacecraft performed trajectory correction maneuvers to depart from the Earth's sphere for extended missions.
Bon Voyage, Hayabusa2
Six years after its launch in December of 2014, Hayabusa2 has returned to Earth, having successfully completed a number of missions to the asteroid Ryugu.
The Odyssey to explore the origins of life
Recognized for its many world-first achievements, what kind of journey did Hayabusa2 have in exploring the origins of life?
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Passing on the baton
–Engineers' challenging spirit–
Seven world firsts
–The technology that made it all possible–