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    Results from Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT)'s landing on Ryugu indicate it is a "a fragile cosmic 'rubble pile'"

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Th..._pile_999.html

    In the summer of 2018, the asteroid Ryugu, which measures only approximately 850 metres across, was visited by the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft. On board was the 10-kilogram German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) - a lander no bigger than a microwave oven and equipped with four instruments. On 3 October 2018 MASCOT, operated by the control centre at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Cologne, separated from its mother craft 41 metres above the asteroid.

    It touched down on the surface for the first time six minutes after deployment, before coming to a halt 11 minutes later, like a dice on a board game moving in slow motion. Over the course of 17 hours, MASCOT carried out experiments in various places amid the large boulders.

    Evaluation of the image data from DLR's MASCOT camera (MASCam) showing the descent and Ryugu's surface has now revealed a detailed view of a fragile 'rubble pile' made up of two different, almost black, types of rock with little internal cohesion. The scientific team, led by planetary researcher Ralf Jaumann from the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin-Adlershof, have now reported on this in the current issue of Science.
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    "Hayabusa2 Lander Mania: Results from MASCOT, Plans for MINERVA-II2"

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason...der-mania.html

    Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft only has about 3 months left at asteroid Ryugu, and between now and its departure it’s going to drop more stuff on the surface. Although operations are still ongoing, mission scientists have been busy: there’s a new paper out in Science analyzing what the MASCOT lander saw as it tumbled around the asteroid's rocks and boulders for 17 hours last October.
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    "Japan’s Next Asteroid Robot – Ready for Deployment"

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    Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer is soon to dispatch a new robot onto space rock of ages, Ryugu.

    The spacecraft is slated to unload the roughly 2.2 pounds (one kilogram) Minerva-II2 next month – a device equipped with a camera, thermometer, photodiode, and accelerometer.

    Minerva is short for MIcro-Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid.
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    "Hayabusa2 completes key missions"

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    The Hayabusa2 unmanned spacecraft has completed all its major observation missions for the asteroid Ryugu, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

    The Minerva-II 2 robotic explorer released on Oct. 3 from Hayabusa2 successfully orbited the asteroid and landed on it the following day, JAXA said Monday.

    After the mission, Hayabusa2 is set to leave Ryugu in November or December to return to Earth.

    “We’ve succeeded in high-precision gravity measurements,” JAXA researcher Kento Yoshikawa told a news conference, adding that Hayabusa2 researched the asteroid to the maximum extent possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    I haven'y kept too close attention, but wasn't it supposed to capture some material for return to Earth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I haven'y kept too close attention, but wasn't it supposed to capture some material for return to Earth?
    It did - see earlier threads
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    "Hayabusa2 departs from Ryugu"

    https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2019/11/20191113a.html

    JAXA confirmed Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, left the target asteroid Ryugu.
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    Oh, thought it wasn't due to do that until December.
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    "Hayabusa2 starts testing main engines"

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191120_34/

    Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 has started testing its main engines to return to Earth.

    The probe reached the asteroid Ryugu in June last year. It landed there twice to collect rock samples before leaving on November 13.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said on Wednesday that Hayabusa2's main ion engines were turned on. They had been off for about one and a half years.

    The probe is to spend 13 days testing its four ion engines to confirm they work properly, before starting its return to Earth on or after December 3.
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    "Hayabusa2 now on return journey to Earth"

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191203_23/

    Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 is on its way back to Earth after confirming its main engines are working properly.

    The probe reached the asteroid Ryugu June last year and spent about one and a half years exploring its surface before leaving on November 13.

    Tests were then performed on its four main ion engines over a two-week period.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, announced that the engines were ready before sending the probe on a return journey on Tuesday at 11a.m., Japan time.

    JAXA says the probe is more than 250 million kilometers from Earth and is scheduled to arrive home around November or December next year.
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