Hayabusa2 Mission News

The Hayabusa2 Mission was a Japanese space probe launched by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) on December 3, 2014, aimed at studying the asteroid Ryugu. The mission sought to gather detailed information about the asteroid’s physical and chemical properties, which are believed to hold clues to the early solar system’s formation and the origin of life on Earth. Hayabusa2 successfully landed on Ryugu in June 2018 and collected samples both from its surface and, for the first time, from beneath the asteroid’s surface using a small explosive charge to create a crater. The probe returned to Earth with these samples in December 2020, completing a pioneering six-year round trip and providing significant insights and material for scientific study.