Imaging Ryugu from an altitude of 6km
From the Home Position (20km altitude), Hayabusa2 descended to perform observations at a lower height above the asteroid surface (BOX-C operations). Numerous boulders can be seen in the image captured at an altitude of 6km.
Initial version of the shape model for Ryugu
The shape of Ryugu has been estimated, and here is the result for the initial shape model for the asteroid.
The view of Ryugu from the home position
ONC-T images of Ryugu taken from the home position of Hayabusa2 at a distance of 20 km from the asteroid.
This is Ryugu -- a global image in 3D
We are sorry for the wait! Here is the global view of asteroid Ryugu in 3D.
Stereo image of asteroid Ryugu by Dr Brian May
Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of the British rock band, Queen, has created a stereoscopic image of Ryugu to view the asteroid in three dimensions.
Arrival at Ryugu!
On June 27, 2018 at 09:35 JST, Hayabusa2 finally arrived at its destination for exploration; asteroid Ryugu.
'Ryugu' by 3 + 34 people
Professional creators and Project Members take a guess about what Ryugu might look like.
From a distance of about 700km, Ryugu's rotation was observed.
Ryugu has been photographed at a distance of 700km in a series of images that show the asteroid rotating.
Ryugu seen from a distance of 920km
Ryugu has now been photographed from a distance of about 920km. The shape of the asteroid gradually appearing.
Ryugu seen from a distance of 1500km
Ryugu has been photographed from a distance of about 1500km. The shape still cannot be seen but the asteroid is very bright.
LIDAR turned on for the first time in two years
The laser altimeter (LIDAR) onboard Hayabusa2 has been turned on for the first time in two years and is functioning well.
Ryugu seen from a distance of 2600km
Optical navigation has begun, using the Optical Navigation Camera. An image of Ryugu taken with the Optical Navigation Camera has been released. (June 07, 2018)
Completion of forward cruise ion engine operation
Ion engine operation to the asteroid is now over. From now on, we enter the final approach phase to asteroid Ryugu. (June 04, 2018)
Hayabusa2's Star Tracker has successfully imaged Ryugu!
The Star Tracker onboard Hayabusa2 has successfully imaged asteroid Ryugu. This data will be used during optical navigation. (May 15, 2018)
"Hayabusa2 NOW" is open!
Communication with Hayabusa2 is via radio waves that are transmitted and received by large antenna at ground stations on Earth. Our website “Haya2NOW” shows these communications in real time. (May 15, 2018)
Hayabusa2 has detected Ryugu!
Hayabusa2 has detected Ryugu! On February 26, 2018, asteroid Ryugu was imaged by the ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic).
What will asteroid Ryugu look like? We are looking for host organisations for a space art contest!
Between June and July 2018, the spacecraft will reach asteroid Ryugu. We invite science museums, planetariums, public observatories and other centres with space-related activities to become contest "nodes" and help us gather the most imaginative artwork from around the world.
Asteroid Ryugu was observed by VLT successfully
Asteroid Ryugu was observed by the 8.2m telescope of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO, Chile) during the night between 11 and 12 July, 2016, and the lightcurve and spectral data were obtained.
Talk Live VOL.3 Report : Spaceguard -- related event to Asteroid Day
The importance of Hayabusa and Hayabusa2 from the point of spaceguard
Earth & Moon Observations with the Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS3)
NIRS3 observed the Earth and the Moon and successfully differentiated between the existence and non-existence of water.
The Optical Link Experiment with the Laser Altimeter (LIDAR)
Hayabusa2 successfully recieved the laser light link at a distance of 6,700,000 km from the Earth.
Photographing the Earth just before Hayabusa2's swing-by : Complete version
This is a complete version of the image that we showed on December 3.
The Earth’s southern hemisphere taken by TIR (Thermal Infrared Imager) on Hayabsua2
On December 4, 2015, the Earth’s southern hemisphere was imaged by TIR (Thermal Infrared Imager) on Hayabusa2, just as the spacecraft left the Earth upon completing its swing-by.
Antarctica and surroundings imaged by HAYABUSA2
Photograph of Antarctica and the surrounding region taken by Hayabusa2 after the Earth swing-by.
Photographing the Earth just before Hayabusa2's swing-by
As the spacecraft approached the Earth on December 3, 2015, Hayabusa2's onboard Wide angle Optical Navigation Camera (ONC-W2) snapped a few photographs of our planet.
The orbit for Hayabusa2's Earth swing-by has been decided!
Hayabusa2 is set to swing-by the Earth on December 3rd, 2015. Two orbital correction manoeuvres (denoted TCM1 and TCM2) were performed back in November and the precise orbit for the swing-by was fixed.
The Earth and Moon taken by TIR (Thermal Infrared Imager) on Hayabsua2 (II)
On November 26, 2015, the image of the Moon circling the Earth was taken with the TIR (Thermal Infrared Imager) onboard the Hayabsua2 spacecraft as it approached the Earth.