Ryugu Observation Campaign (for expert observers)
The target asteroid of Hayabusa2 is (162173) Ryugu, 1999 JU3 in the provisional designation. Hayabusa2 will arrive at this asteroid in June - July 2018. In this summer, we have a opportunity to observe Ryugu, so we set up "Ryugu Observation Campaign" from July 1 to August 15, 2016. This is the last chance to observe Ryugu before Hayabusa2 arrives there. However the maximum apparent magnitude will be just 18th mag, so it is rather dark. Maybe you need a telescope with the diameter of 1m or so. O...
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|