Hayabysa2 mission logo color change
It has been a year since Hayabusa2 was launched, and we changed the color of the mission logo while moving to the Transfer orbit* phase. The illustration of Hayabusa2 itself is the same but the name of the target asteroid was updated to RYUGU from its provisional designation 1999JU3. The background color was also changed to blue for showing Hayabusa2’s endeavor flying through space in the solar system toward RYUGU by leaving the near Earth orbit. Please support Hayabusa2, which is navigating ...
About Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2"
(Courtesy of Akihiro Ikeshita)
Hayabusa2 to clarify the origin and evolution of the solar system as well as life matter
Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” is a successor of “Hayabusa” (MUSES-C), which revealed several new technologies and returned to Earth in June 2010.
Characteristics of Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2"
Establishing deep space exploration technology and new challenges
Hayabusa2 will utilize new technology while further confirming the deep space round-trip exploration technology by inheriting and improving the already verified knowhow established by Hayabusa to construct the basis for future deep-space exploration.
|Size||Main structure: 1.0m x 1.6m x 1.4m / Paddle span: 6.0m|
|Target body||Ryugu (C-type, Near Earth Object)|
|Orbit||Round trip between Earth and an asteroid|
|Scheduled arrival at destination||2018|
|Scheduled return to Earth||2020|
|Duration of stay at the asteroid||about 18 months|
|Major onboard instruments||Sampler mechanism, Re-entry capsule, Laser ranging (LIDAR, light detection and ranging), Scientific mission equipment (near infrared and thermal infrared), Impactor, Rover (MINERVA-II)|
|Launch Date||December 3, 2014|
|Launch Vehicle||H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.26|
|Location||Tanegashima Space Center|