Japanese capsule carrying asteroid rocks lands in Australia after six-year mission
Live coverage: Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return capsule lands in Australia
Japanese asteroid sampling mission on course for return to Earth
Asteroid samples aboard Japanese probe on track for return to Earth in December
Japanese sample return craft departs asteroid, heads for Earth
Hayabusa 2 completes practice run for deployment of last asteroid lander
Japanese spacecraft snags second sample from asteroid
Scientists celebrated another success with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft late Wednesday (U.S. time), when the robot explorer accomplished a second pinpoint touch-and-go landing on asteroid Ryugu, this time to collect a sample of pristine dust and rock excavated by an explosive impactor earlier this year.
Hayabusa 2 cleared for second touchdown on asteroid
Japanese probe readies for another possible touch-and-go on asteroid
Approaching the one-year anniversary since its arrival at asteroid Ryugu, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has deployed a target marker near an artificial crater created by an explosive charge in April, a guide post that could help the probe steer toward another pinpoint touchdown to collect a second batch of samples for return to Earth.