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Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The Hayabusa2 probe fires an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth

This handout photograph received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 6, 2019 shows stone and sand after bullets were fired into the surface to collect data by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after landing on the asteroid Ryugu. Hayabusa2, the Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid 300 million kilometres from the Earth for clues about the origin of life and the solar system, landed successfully on February 22, scientists said. JAXA / AFP

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet' into the Ryugu asteroid, says Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager

FALCON. An artists rendition of Hayabusa2, or Falcon in Japanese. Photo from Go Miyazaki under CC license

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda say they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data shows the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Japan launching 'space junk' collector

Dec 09, 2016 - 10:40 PM

The launch is successful as the satellite was removed from the rocket and put into the planned orbit about 15 minutes after the liftoff JAXA spokesman Nobuyoshi Fujimoto on Tanegashima says

KOUNOTORI. This July 6, 2016 picture shows the HTV6, an unmanned cargo spacecraft, "Kounotori", or "stork" in Japanese, being assembled at the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima island, Kagoshima prefecture. File photo from JAXA / AFP

Japan launches hi-tech global rainfall satellite

Feb 28, 2014 - 7:08 AM

The satellite is designed to collect data from several other satellites in orbit and add that to its own measurements to build up a detailed picture of precipitation around the planet

LIFTOFF. A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan. Bill Ingalls/NASA

Asteroid-blast space cannon on track: Japan scientists

Oct 23, 2013 - 9:24 PM

The huge weapon would fire a metal bullet at the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 some time in 2018 The Hayabusa 2 which will launch the weapon will then land on the surface and take samples

Japan suspends satellite rocket launch at last minute

Aug 27, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Countdown was automatically stopped just 19 seconds before the planned blast off after engineers discovered a technical glitch