Comments?????
Email the Webmaster!!!!!


Mission to the Asteroids last updated on January 1, 2020

Locations of Site Visitors




PAGE Table of Contents

Mission to the Asteroids


Mission Chart of the Asteroids



Asterank is a scientific and economic database of over 600,000 asteroids.




We've collected, computed, or inferred important data such as asteroid mass and composition from multiple scientific sources. With this information, we estimate the costs and rewards of mining asteroids. Details on orbits and basic physical parameters are sourced from the Minor Planet Center and NASA JPL. Composition data is based on spectral classification and size. Our calculations incorporate conclusions from multiple scientific publications in addition to cross-referencing known meteorite data.

Asteroid Hayabusa


Dawn, Mission to the Asteroid Belt (HD) � Narrated by Leonard Nimoy
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Published on Feb 27, 2015 Produced in 2007, this overview video about NASA's Dawn mission to giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres
was released before the spacecraft's launch that year. The mission greatly appreciated Leonard Nimoy's support and participation.
Dawn investigated Vesta in 2011-2012, and will arrive at Ceres March 6, 2015. For more information about Dawn,
visit The dawn Mission

Nasa's Dawn Mission Page

NASA'S Dawn Mission Page

Asteroid 2015 TB145 flyby Halloween 2015


Published on Oct 30, 2015 This simulation shows the trajectory of the asteroid across the sky, showing tracer spheres spaced
at one hour intervals along its path. (A funny frame jump in the middle, apparently the moon got scared, but no time to fix.) Category Nonprofits & Activism License Standard YouTube License

Map showing TB145’s position for an observer in the north central U.S. at 15-minute intervals starting at 5:00 UT.
Subtract 4 hours from UT for EDT, 5 hours for CDT, 6 for MDT and 7 for PDT. Stars are shown to magnitude +12 and north is up in all maps.
The asteroid is depicted as a small target. Click to enlarge, then save and make a print out for use at the telescope.
Credit: Chris Marriott’s SkyMap software

Map showing the asteroid’s progress across the horns of Taurus from 9-10:45 UT (4 – 5:45 a.m.) October 31st.
It passes about 1° northwest of the Crab Nebula around 10:30 UT.
Credit: Chris Marriott’s SkyMap

The view from the southern U.S. (about 32° latitude) from 11-11:45 UT. Compared to the northern U.S.,
the asteroid’s path lies about 5 arc minutes further to the north.
Credit: Chris Marriott’s SkyMap

By this time, TB145 will be around magnitude +10.4 and easier to see than at the start our run.
The map covers the time from 11-11:45 UT (6 – 6:45 a.m. CDT).
Credit: Chris Marriott’s SkyMap

Map showing TB145’s approximate path starting at 4 hours UT on Oct. 31 (11 p.m. CDT Oct. 30). This view faces east. Tick marks show its hourly position.
This map provides context for the detailed maps above.
Credit: Chris Marriott’s SkyMap

View of earth from 2015 TB145 Halloween asteroid flyby


MISSIONS: Dawn In The Asteroid Belt With Marc Rayman


Streamed live on Nov 4, 2015 The MISSIONS series at Cross Campus Pasadena continues with the first mission to orbit two mysterious bodies
in our solar system. Mat Kaplan and Emily Lakdawalla will welcome Dawn Mission Director Marc Rayman for this live conversation.
What are those bright spots on Ceres anyway? Program begins at 7:00pm Pacific.
Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License


Click here to return to top of page


Metallic Asteroids (Like Psyche) Might Have Had Volcanoes Erupting Molten Iron. That’s So Metal

NASA’s badge for the upcoming mission to the asteroid Psyche. Image Credit: NASA/JPL.

This diagram depicts a theoretical phenomenon called ferrovolcanism, where metallic asteroids erupt molten iron in a class of asteroids called pallasites. The ferrovolcanism might result when pockets of melted alloy rise to the surface. An upcoming NASA space mission to the asteroid Psyche may allow scientists to confirm their theory. (Purdue University image/James Keane)

A slice of the Krasnoyarsk meteorite on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Image Credit: By Jon Taylor – , CC BY-SA 2.0, Flickr: Krasnojarsk AMNH


Click here to return to top of page


THAT INTERSTELLAR ASTEROID IS PROBABLY PRETTY STRANGE LOOKING


Artist’s impression of the first interstellar asteroid, "Oumuamua".(1I/2017 U1 ) This unique object was discovered on 19 October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

Animation of `Oumuamua passing through the Solar System


This animation of an artist's concept shows the interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 (`Oumuamua). Observations with ESO's Very Large Telescope and others have shown that this unique object is dark, reddish in colour and highly elongated. More information and download options:

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was travelling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object.The video is available in 4K UHD. The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases. More information and download options: Subscribe to ESOcast in iTunes! Receive future episodes on YouTube by pressing the Subscribe button above or follow us on Vimeo: : Watch more ESOcast episodes Find out how to view and contribute subtitles for the ESOcast in multiple languages, or translate this video on YouTube: Credit: ESO Category Science & Technology License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) SHOW LESS

vesta This animation shows the path of 1I/2017 U1, or ‘Oumuamua, as it passed through our inner solar system in September and October 2017. From analysis of its motion, scientists calculate that it originated from outside of our solar system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Interstellar Objects like Oumuamua Probably Crash into the Sun
Every 30 Years or so and 2 Pass Within the Orbit of Mercury

On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar object, named 1I/2017 U1 (aka. ‘Oumuamua). In the months that followed, multiple follow-up observations were conducted to learn more about this visitor, as well as resolve the dispute about whether it was a comet and an asteroid.

1I/`Oumuamua's Path through the Solar System


This small object was discovered on October 19, 2017, by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii. Subsequent observations by ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other telescopes showed that it had come to the Solar System from interstellar space. 1I/`Oumuamua made its closest approach to the Sun on September 9, 2017. Its hyperbolic orbit is highly inclined and it does not appear to have come close to any other Solar System body on its way in. 1I/`Oumuamua is now on its way out of the Solar System. 1I/2017 U1 seems to be a dark red highly-elongated metallic or rocky body, about 400 meters long. Before receiving the official designation and name `Oumuamua from the International Astronomical Union it was referred to as A/2017 U1 The name was chosen by the Pan-STARRS team. It is of Hawaiian origin and means "a messenger from afar arriving first." Credit: ESO, M. Kornmesser, L.Calcada. Music: Azul Cobalto (soundcloud.com/azul-cobalto) Related: Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System: youtu.be/XD6QCgzwFAA

ESOcast 167: VLT sees `Oumuamua getting a boost


Astronomers have found that ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, is moving away from the Sun faster than expected. Using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope, and from NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers concluded that ‘Oumuamua is most likely outgassing — suggesting that this enigmatic interstellar nomad is a peculiar comet rather than an asteroid. More information and download options: Subscribe to ESOcast in iTunes! Receive future episodes on YouTube by pressing the Subscribe button above or follow us on Vimeo: Watch more ESOcast episodes: Find out how to view and contribute subtitles for the ESOcast in multiple languages, or translate this video on YouTube: Credit: ESO Directed by: Mathias Jäger. Visual Design and Editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada. Editing: Martin Kornmesser. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Written by: Calum Turner and Mathias Jäger. Music: Stellardrone. Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. Footage and photos: ESO, ESA/Hubble NASA, ESA, Luis Calçada , M. Kornmesser and G. Hüdepohl (atacamaphoto.com). Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen. Caption author (Slovak) Mac Ownick Caption author (Italian) Nicola Gaspari Caption author (French) Ayoola Boyejo Caption author (Romanian) Mihail-Gabriel Barbuta Caption author (Polish) Tomasz Kozłowski Category Science & Technology License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

“We put together a strong team of experts in various different areas of work on ʻOumuamua. This cross-pollination led to the first comprehensive analysis and the best big-picture summary to date of what we know about the object. We tend to assume that the physical processes we observe here, close to home, are universal. And we haven’t yet seen anything like ʻOumuamua in our solar system. This thing is weird and admittedly hard to explain, but that doesn’t exclude other natural phenomena that could explain it.”

Image: This artist’s impression shows the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, ʻOumuamua. Observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, CFHT, and others, show that the object is moving faster than predicted while leaving the Solar System. The inset shows a color composite produced by combining 192 images obtained through three visible and two near-infrared filters totaling 1.6 hours of integration on October 27, 2017, at the Gemini South telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO/M. Kornmesser, Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF.

ARTICLE

TURNING UP THE HEAT ON ‘OUMUAMUA(PDF)

On the Rotation Period and Shape of the Hyperbolic Asteroid 1I/‘Oumuamua (2017 U1) from Its Lightcurve (PDF) Matthew M. Knight , Silvia Protopapa, Michael S. P. Kelley , Tony L. Farnham , James M. Bauer, Dennis Bodewits , Lori M. Feaga, and Jessica M. Sunshine University of Maryland, 1113 Physical Sciences Complex, Building 415, College Park, MD 20742-2421, USA; mmk8a@astro.umd.edu Received 2017 November 3; revised 2017 November 22; accepted 2017 November 25; published 2017 December 12

The Mysterois asteroid 2019LF6




Click here to return to top of page


Mission to VESTA


Artist�s concept of the Dawn spacecraft arriving at Vesta. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System. Comprising 9% of the mass in the Asteroid Belt,
it is second in size only to the dwarf-planet Ceres. And now, thanks to data obtained by NASA�s Dawn spacecraft,
Vesta�s surface has been mapped out in unprecedented detail.
These high-resolution geological maps reveal the variety of Vesta�s surface features and provide a window into the asteroid�s history.

Vesta shape model from high-altitude mapping orbit(From planetary.org)

VESTA GEOLOGICAL MAP


This high-res geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU
The brown colored sections of the map represent the oldest, most heavily cratered surface. Purple colors in the
north and light blue represent terrains modified by the Veneneia and Rheasilvia impacts, respectively. Light purples and
dark blue colors below the equator represent the interior of the Rheasilvia and Veneneia basins. Greens and yellows represent
relatively young landslides or other downhill movement and crater impact materials, respectively.

Are Asteroids the Future of Planetary Science?
by MORGAN REHNBERG on JANUARY 26, 2015


The asteroid Vesta as seen by the Dawn spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA
I don�t think I ever learned one of those little rhymes � My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas �
to memorize the order of the planets, but if I had, it would�ve painted for me a minimalist picture of the solar system.
(Side question: what is my Very Educated Mother serving now that we only have Dwarf Pizzas?) After all,
much of the most exciting work in planetary science today happens not at the planets, but around them.

Dawn Probe Finds Evidence of Subsurface Ice on Vesta


Artist�s concept of the Dawn spacecraft arriving at Vesta. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System. Comprising 9% of the mass in the Asteroid Belt,
it is second in size only to the dwarf-planet Ceres. And now, thanks to data obtained by NASA�s Dawn spacecraft,
Vesta�s surface has been mapped out in unprecedented detail.
These high-resolution geological maps reveal the variety of Vesta�s surface features and provide a window into the asteroid�s history.

Artist rendition of Dawn spacecraft orbiting Vesta. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

VESTA GEOLOGICAL MAP


This high-res geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. Brown colors represent the oldest, most heavily cratered surface. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

The planetoid Vesta, which was studied by the Dawn probe between July 2011 and September 2012. Credit: NASA

ASTRO CHALLENGE: SPOTTING 4 VESTA AT ITS BEST FOR DECADES


the brave new world of Vesta, courtesy of NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

Vesta and the planet(s)… looking east in early June 2018, about 45 minutes after sunset. Credit:Stellerium.org

Thank you Sterllarium Software !!!!!!!




The path of 4 Vesta through mid-September. Credit: Starry Night Education software.

Thank you Starry night education !!!!!!!




The occultation footprint for the June 27th, 2018 event. Credit: Occult 4.2 software.

Thank you Occultation software !!!!!!!




Ceres (left) and Vesta (right) imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/HST/STl

The south pole Rheasilvia impact basin. Based on images obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the lower false color map shows the elevation scale scooped out by an ancient impact. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI

Meteorites recovered on Earth, courtesy of 4 Vesta. Credit: NASA/University of Tennessee.


Click here to return to top of page


Mission to the asteroid RYUGU


Thanks to JAXA: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


The Hayabusa2 spacecraft

Artist Conception of the Hayabusa2 spacecfaft landing on Ryugu

Here’s the Video of Hayabusa2 Bombing Asteroid Ryugu

OCTOBER 3, 2018 BY MATT WILLIAMS
Japanese Rovers are Now on the Surface of an Asteroid, Sending Back Amazing Pictures

n December of 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa2 mission. As the second spacecraft to bear this name, Hayabusa2 was deployed by JAXA to conduct a sample-return mission with an asteroid. By studying samples of the near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu, scientists hope to shed new light on the history of the early Solar System

A Japanese rover filmed the surface of asteroid Ryugu | Science News

Artist’s conception of the MINERVA-II1 rovers. Credit: JAXA

Rover-1B shot a 15-frame movie on asteroid Ryugu’s surface. This movie covers a little over an hour, 9:34 a.m. to 10:48 a.m. EDT, on September 22. “Enjoy ‘standing’ on the surface of this asteroid!” the Hayabusa2 team tweeted. Read more:

Image of Ryugu captured by the ONC-T on September 21st, 2018. This is the highest resolution photograph obtained of the surface of Ryugu. Bottom left is a large boulder. Credit: JAXA

Region of the highest resolution image. Yellow boxes correspond to the region in Figure 1. Credit: JAXA

OCTOBER 5, 2018 BY EVAN GOUGH
A German-French Hopping Robot Just Landed on the Surface of Asteroid Ryugu

Earlier this week asteroid Ryugu had a visitor. The Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) landed on Ryugu on October 3rd after it was successfully deployed from the Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe. The little hopping robot’s visit was brief however, and it stopped functioning on Oct. 4th 2018.

MASCOT Lander Verified account @MASCOT2018 Follow Follow @MASCOT2018 More Check this out! I took this picture when I was almost on #Ryugu's surface. Look at how sunlight is reflected off me. What a dark surface! Credit: MASCOT/@DLR_en /@JAXA_en #AsteroidLanding

An artist’s illustration of MASCOT, the French-German hopping robot, on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. Image: Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

An artist’s illustration of MASCOT, the little hopping robot, on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. Image Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

MASCOT the hopping robot attached to Hayabusa2 before deployment. Artist’s illustration. Image Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

OCTOBER 15, 2018 BY EVAN GOUGH
The Path that MASCOT Took Across Asteroid Ryugu During its 17 Hours of Life

MASCOT’s path across the surface of asteroid Ryugu. The path was recreated using data from the robot and from the mother probe Hayabusa2. Hayabusa2’s shadow is visible at the bottim right. The yellow line is the robot’s flight path down to the asteroid, and the blue line is the projection of these points onto Ryugu’s surface. The blue line heading towards the right of the image is MASCOT’s path along Ryugu’s surface. Image Credit: DLR/JAXA

The MASCAM camera captured the image on the right during MASCOT descent to Ryugu. The white triangle in the left image shows the area covered by the image on the right. Scientist’s are puzzled by the lack of fine dust and rock on the asteroid. Image Credit: MASCOT/DLR/JAXA

MASCAM captured the image on the right as it tumbled toward Ryugu’s surface. A huge boulder tens of meters wide casts a dark shadow. The image on the left contains a white open trapezoid, showing the direction of the image on the right. Image: MASCAM/DLR/JAXA

Japan’s Hayabusa2 is About to Shoot Up the Surface of Ryugu
with Tiny Impactors so they can Collect a Sample

Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission is about to get down to business. After arriving at asteroid Ryugu at the end of June 2018, and dispatching its tiny rovers to the surface, the spacecraft is about to approach the surface of the asteroid and get some samples.

An image of Ryugu captured by the Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic. The white dot is the target marker that marks the landing site for Hayabusa2’s first sample collection. Image Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST.

A well-lit image of the surface of Ryugu, captured by the Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic on Hayabusa2 during BOX-B maneuvers. The red arrow marks the landing spot. Image Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST.

An image from one of Hayabusa2’s close approaches to Ryugu. The silhouette of the spacecraft is clearly visible. Hey, it looks like a Canada flag! Image Credit: JAXA

「はやぶさ2」リモートセンシング機器


Click on the gray screen to start 小惑星探査機「はやぶさ2」に装備されている4種類のリモートセンシング機器の機能および科学観測のしくみについて説明します。(2016年3月制作) この映像ソフトはDVDによる貸出が可能です。 貸出をご希望の方はこちらのリンクをご参照ください。 http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/pr/video/ ※ 映像中に、赤い光が点滅する表現があります。テレビや大画面で観る際は、部屋を明るくして画面から離れてご覧ください。 【関連動画】 各機器開発者のビデオメッセージ(2014年11月に撮影): サンプリング装置・分離カメラ・光学航法カメラ担当 澤田 弘崇 http://youtu.be/b3oH1AtIgnY?list=PLCQ... 光学航法カメラ[理学]・科学観測担当 杉田 精司 https://youtu.be/FfY4c80Kjys?list=PLC... 近赤外分光計NIRS3担当 岩田 隆浩 http://youtu.be/lHEg12f7KUs?list=PLCQ... 中間赤外カメラ(TIR) 担当 田中 智 http://youtu.be/XnX9_j2tVF8 中間赤外カメラ(TIR) 担当 岡田 達明 http://youtu.be/qOq-qQ48myM レーザ高度計(LIDAR)担当 水野 貴秀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKyjy... レーザ高度計(LIDAR)[理学]担当 並木則行 https://youtu.be/P1ymUoEUwYc?list=PLC... 光学航法カメラのデータ処理機器担当 大嶽 久志 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O81NK... 【関連サイト】 はやぶさ2プロジェクト http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/ はやぶさ2特設サイト 観測機器 http://fanfun.jaxa.jp/countdown/hayab...

Shout Out to Japan! Their Hayabusa2 Spacecraft has Collected
its First Samples from Asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed an important part of its mission to asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft descended to the surface of the asteroid to collect two samples with its sampling horn. We don’t know for sure if samples were successfully collected, but all indications are that the sampling mission went well.

This is an exciting accomplishment for JAXA, and marks their second successful asteroid sampling mission, following the success of the first Hayabusa mission to the asteroid Itokawa.

Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Aren’t Sure Why

Image captured near the touchdown site immediately after touchdown. Credit: JAXA/University of Tokyo/Kochi University/Rikkyo University/Nagoya University/Chiba Institute of Technology/Meiji University/University of Aizu/AIST

The planned touchdown site and target marker before Hayabusa2 landed. Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo/Kochi University/Rikkyo University/Nagoya University/Chiba Institute of Technology/Meiji University/University of Aizu/AIST

「はやぶさ2」リモートセンシング機器


Click on the gray screen to start 小惑星探査機「はやぶさ2」に装備されている4種類のリモートセンシング機器の機能および科学観測のしくみについて説明します。(2016年3月制作) この映像ソフトはDVDによる貸出が可能です。 貸出をご希望の方はこちらのリンクをご参照ください。 http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/pr/video/ ※ 映像中に、赤い光が点滅する表現があります。テレビや大画面で観る際は、部屋を明るくして画面から離れてご覧ください。 【関連動画】 各機器開発者のビデオメッセージ(2014年11月に撮影): サンプリング装置・分離カメラ・光学航法カメラ担当 澤田 弘崇 http://youtu.be/b3oH1AtIgnY?list=PLCQ... 光学航法カメラ[理学]・科学観測担当 杉田 精司 https://youtu.be/FfY4c80Kjys?list=PLC... 近赤外分光計NIRS3担当 岩田 隆浩 http://youtu.be/lHEg12f7KUs?list=PLCQ... 中間赤外カメラ(TIR) 担当 田中 智 http://youtu.be/XnX9_j2tVF8 中間赤外カメラ(TIR) 担当 岡田 達明 http://youtu.be/qOq-qQ48myM レーザ高度計(LIDAR)担当 水野 貴秀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKyjy... レーザ高度計(LIDAR)[理学]担当 並木則行 https://youtu.be/P1ymUoEUwYc?list=PLC... 光学航法カメラのデータ処理機器担当 大嶽 久志 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O81NK... 【関連サイト】 はやぶさ2プロジェクト http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/ はやぶさ2特設サイト 観測機器 http://fanfun.jaxa.jp/countdown/hayab...

The location of where Hayabusa2 will conduct its second Crater Search Operation (CRA2). Credit: JAXA

Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On July 11th,2019 the spacecraft touched down for a second time on asteroid 162173 Ryugu. This time, the probe retrieved a sample from a crater it excavated with its impactor.

The SCI above Ryugu after being deployed by Hayabusa 2. It didn’t fire its projectile into the asteroid until the spacecraft had travelled to a safe distance away from any debris. Image: JAXA

DCAM 3 captured this image of the SCI impact on 5 April 2019. The impact debris is a small spray of dust against the black of space, near the top-right limb of the asteroid. Image: JAXA

[PPTD] These images were taken immediately after today’s touchdown (Jul 11, 2019) with the ONC-W1. First photo was taken at 10:06:32 JST (on-board time) and you can see the gravel flying upwards. Second shot was at 10:08:53 where the darker region near the centre is due to touchdown.

Asteroid Ryugu, as imaged by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. The red dot marks the sampling location Image Credit: JAXA/Hayabusa2

Hayabusa 2 has one Last Lander it’s Going to Throw at Ryugu

On Monday, at 10:37 AM local time (02:37 AM PST; 05:37 Tuesday 09-17-2019 EST) JAXA announced their success on the mission’s official Twitter account. They also posted time-lapse photos of the target markers falling towards the surface, which slowed a slight parabolic arc to their descent. Professor Makoto Yoshikawa, Hayabusa 2’s mission manager at JAXA, also issued a statement about the agency’s success.

IMAGE Artist’s conception of the MINERVA-II1 rovers. Credit: JAXA Like the previous MINERVA-II rover (ROVER-1), ROVER-2 will land on the surface, hop around to relocate, and conduct science operations with its suite of scientific instruments – which include two cameras, a thermometer, and an accelerometer. This represents the final phase of Hayabusa2‘s science campaign at Ryugu – which will end this December, followed by the spacecraft returning to Earth (arriving by December 2020).

Hayabusa 2 Has Sent its Last Rover to Ryugu

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission to asteroid Ryugu has reached one of its final milestones, if not its climax. The sample-return spacecraft has launched the Minerva-II2 rover at the asteroid. This is the last of four rovers that Hayabusa 2 is deploying on Ryugu.

Minerva-II2 and Rover2’s descent profile. BOX-C operation refers to hovering by Hayabusa 2 extending vertically to enable observations at low-altitude. Image Credit: JAXA

Hayabusa 2 carried two Minerva’s. Minerva-II1 carried two rovers, and Minerva-II2 carried only one. Image Credit: JAXA

Minerva-II-2 will open up like this when it’s about 1 km above Ryugu, then it will deploy Rover 2 to the surface of the asteroid. Image Credit: JAXA

It’s Time for Hayabusa-2 to Come Hom

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is on its way home.(Novenber 2019) The asteroid-visiting, sample-return mission departed asteroid Ryugu (162173 Ryugu) on Wednesday, beginning its year-long journey back to Earth. And it’s carrying some precious cargo.

Asteroid Ryugu, as imaged by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. The red dot marks a sampling location. Image Credit: JAXA/Hayabusa2

An early diagram of Hayabusa 2’s sample container. The container has an interior rotating tube to keep the samples separate. Image Credit: S. Tachibana et. al., 2014

Detailed view of the likely contact binary asteroid 25143 Itokawa visited by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa in 2005. Credit: JAXA

An artist’s illustration of a bright young star shining in its proto-solar disk. Hayabusa 2’s samples could help shed light on conditions in the early Solar System. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Articles about Hayabusa2









VIDEOS

Strange Objects Found On Ryugu Asteroid! ~ What Is This Asteroid Really? ~ 5/18/19


*Please Watch to the End ** Watch in HD and Full Screen As always, look for the picture links at the bottom of the description. Thanks for Watching! Best Regards, Chris.... IMAGE CREDIT GOES TO: ESA / NASA / JPL / University of Arizona / Caltech / Msss ** These pictures are made public to the people** Thanks for watching! If you guys like what you see, please SUBSCRIBE and don't forget to give me a thumbs up! Its greatly appreciated! Check out the other Mars Team Members videos here: (bottom of page) NASA LINK:

PDFs

HAYABUSA-2_IMPORTANCE_SAMPLE_RETURN.pdf

HAYABUSA-2 The Scientific Importance of
Samples returned from C-type Near earth Asteroid (162173) 1999 JU3


Click here to return to top of page


IMAGES AGAINST GALAXIES!!

A LONG EXPOSURE HUBBLE IMAGE OF A GALAXY CLUSTER ALSO TURNED UP 22 ASTEROIDS

Hubble image of the galaxy cluster Abell 370, showing the trails caused by 22 Near-Earth Asteroids. Credit: NASA, ESA, and B. Sunnquist and J. Mack (STScI) Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz (STScI) and the HFF Team

Artist’s impression of a Near-Earth Asteroid passing by Earth. Credit: ESA


Click here to return to top of page


Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet,
the Smallest in the Solar System

in the Main Asteroid Belt, there are a number of larger bodies that have defied traditional classification. The largest among them is Ceres, which is followed by Vesta, Pallas, and Hygeia. Until recently, Ceres was thought to be the only object in the Main Belt large enough to undergo hydrostatic equilibrium – where an object is sufficiently massive that its gravity causes it to collapse into a roughly spherical shape.

ESOcast 211 Light: ESO Telescope Reveals What Could be the Smallest
Dwarf Planet in the Solar System


Astronomers using the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could be a dwarf planet. Find out more about this fascinating object in the new ESOcast Light. The video is available in 4K UHD. The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases. More information and download options: Subscribe to ESOcast in iTunes! Receive future episodes on YouTube by pressing the Subscribe button above or follow us on Vimeo: Watch more ESOcast episodes: Find out how to view and contribute subtitles for the ESOcast in multiple languages, or translate this video on YouTube: Credit: ESO Directed by: Herbert Zodet. Editing: Herbert Zodet. Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida. Written by: Vanessa Emeka-Okafor and Bárbara Ferreira. Music: tonelabs (www.tonelabs.com) – Expect The Unexpected. Footage and photos: ESO, P. Sěveček/Charles University, P. Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS), Space Engine (spaceengine.org) and C. Malin (christophmalin.com). Scientific consultants: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova. Caption author (Chinese (China)) 余庆抒 Caption author (Croatian) GemSirin Caption author (Chinese (Simplified)) cat calico Caption authors (Italian) Arianna Musso Barcucci Fausto Mescolini Caption author (Chinese (Taiwan)) Yawei C. Caption author (Portuguese) jmy Caption author (German) Joerg Schachner Caption author (Spanish (Latin America)) jota Reyes Caption author (Arabic) ImFahd Caption author (Vietnamese) Sang Mai Thanh Caption author (Greek) Maria Krikeli Category Science & Technology License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Location of Hygiea in the Solar System


This animation shows where Hygiea’s orbit is in our Solar System. Like Ceres, Hygiea is in the main asteroid belt, which is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. While Hygiea was thought to be an asteroid, new observations with the SPHERE instrument on the VLT have revealed that Hygiea is spherical in shape, meaning it could be reclassified as a dwarf planet. This would make it the smallest dwarf planet yet in our Solar System, after Ceres. More information and download options: Credit: ESO/spaceengine.org Category Science & Technology License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Impact simulation explaining the origin of Hygiea’s round shape


Computational simulation of the fragmentation and reassembly that led to the formation of Hygiea and its family of asteroids, following an impact with a large object. While changes in the shape of Hygiea occur after the impact, the dwarf-planet candidate eventually acquires a round shape. More information and download options: Credit: P. Ševeček/Charles University Category Science & Technology License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)


Click here to return to top of page