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Hayabusa 2 Science Team Prepares for Ryugu Encounter

Hayabusa 2 Science Team

PSI scientists Deborah Domingue and Lucille Le Corre (above, L-R, 2nd row above arrows) participated in the last Hayabusa 2 science team meeting before the spacecraft begins its encounter with asteroid 162173 Ryugu. The meeting was held May 7-11, 2018, at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of the JAXA Sagamihara Campus near Tokyo, Japan. The Hayabusa2 science team discussed the schedule of operations for the approach phase in June and for the mapping phases during the summer, and started coordinating between the different instrument teams to select sampling and landing sites. The spacecraft will operate for a year and a half in the vicinity of the kilometer sized near-Earth asteroid, before returning samples collected from its surface (below) to Earth in 2020.

Hayabusa 2 at Ryugu

May 24, 2018

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