Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Japan reveals 'Hayabusa2' asteroid mission

Posted on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: JAXA / Akihiro Ikeshita

 
The Japanese space agency has announced a follow-up to their successful Hayabusa spacecraft.

The new mission is expected to launch in 2014 and will target an asteroid called "1999 JU3" in an effort to learn more about the origin and evolution of the solar system. Like its predecessor, Hayabusa2 will attempt to gather samples from the asteroid but this time the team hope to use a "collision device" to produce an artificial crater and sample the less weathered material below the surface.

The spacecraft will take four years to reach its target which means the rendezvous will take place in 2018. It will stay at the asteroid for one-and-a-half years before departing in 2019 and returning home to the Earth by 2020.

"Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” is a successor of “Hayabusa” (MUSES-C), which revealed several new technologies and returned to Earth in June 2010."

  View: Full article

 Source: JAXA


  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by 27vet on 2 January, 2013, 19:49
Hope it is successful, following Akatsuki's mishap.
Comment icon #2 Posted by thewild on 2 January, 2013, 23:21
That is awesome. If anyone can do it, it's the Japanese.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 January, 2013, 23:36
If anyone can do it, it's the Japanese. Actually they don't have a very good record with planetary exploration. Their missions to Mars (Nozomi)and Venus (Akatsuki) have failed and the first Hayabusa probe suffered problems with its ion engines and it's sample collection device. It only managed to return a few grains of asteroid material to the Earth.
Comment icon #4 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 4 January, 2013, 0:26
i have a question why does it take so long to launch a space exploration mission if our technology is so advanced?other than that i hope its successful and it does beyond well.it would be great to know how the universe did actualy start though.we should send people to mars and the moon already too its been too long i wonder why???
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 January, 2013, 1:14
i have a question why does it take so long to launch a space exploration mission if our technology is so advanced? Why does having advanced technology mean that everything can be made quickly? Advanced technology is, by it's very nature, complex. It is simple technology that can be designed and built quickly. How long do you think it takes to design, test and make a new type of car or aircraft? The answer is years. Why should it be an different for spacecraft? Each space probe has a unique mission. Each will have unique scientific instruments, You can't simply buy those instruments in the loca... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
48 million-year-old bird fossil unearthed
10-18-2017
A prehistoric species of bird that preened itself like a flamingo has been discovered in Germany.
Bolsover Castle is voted 'England's spookiest'
10-17-2017
Built on an ancient burial ground, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire has a reputation for being haunted.
Miami politician was 'abducted by aliens'
10-17-2017
Congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera recalls having alien abduction experiences as a child.
Whales and dolphins lead 'human-like lives'
10-17-2017
Scientists have linked the brain size of cetaceans to the 'human-like' nature of their social behaviors.
Other news in this category
Neutron star smash signals major breakthrough
Posted 10-16-2017 | 33 comments
For the first time ever, gravitational waves and light have been picked up from the same cosmic event....
 
Scottish scientists send a teacake in to space
Posted 10-16-2017 | 6 comments
Thousands of people watched online as the popular confectionery was launched in to the heavens on Friday....
 
How close are we to finding Planet Nine ?
Posted 10-15-2017 | 5 comments
Scientists have developed a computer simulation that defines the exact orbit and behavior of Planet Nine....
 
China's space station is falling back to Earth
Posted 10-14-2017 | 11 comments
The Chinese space agency's Tiangong 1 space laboratory will hit the ground within the next few months....
 
ESO to announce an 'unprecedented discovery'
Posted 10-13-2017 | 33 comments
Astronomers have revealed that they will be sharing a major new discovery with the world on October 16....
 
Half of the universe's missing matter found
Posted 10-12-2017 | 15 comments
A long-standing mystery concerning the whereabouts of the universe's missing matter has been solved....
 
Evidence of a massive lake discovered on Mars
Posted 10-11-2017 | 22 comments
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified the site of an ancient lake on the Red Planet's surface....
 
Gravitational waves announcement incoming
Posted 10-11-2017 | 6 comments
Nobel Prize winner Rainer Weiss and his colleagues have hinted at an upcoming 'exciting announcement'....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ