• ​After travelling for over three and a half years through the hostile environment of outer space, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has successfully made orbit around the asteroid Ryugu.
  • The Japanese prospecting spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has captured the most detailed images to date of its target – the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. Once at the asteroid, Hayabusa 2 will deploy a lander and three small rovers, before obtaining surface samples for return, and creating an artificial crater.
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency confirmed today that its Hayabusa2 probe has successfully used the Earth's gravity to slingshot itself towards a rendezvous with an asteroid.
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the Hayabusa2 probe was successfully launched today at 1:22:04 pm JST from the Tanegashima Space Center on a mission to not only land on an asteroid, but to bomb it.