Chang'e 5

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Chang'e 5's Lunar Sample Arrives on Earth

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample-return capsule has arrived safely on Earth.

composite image of Ryugu's rubbly surface

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Ryugu May Have Skirted Close to the Sun

Observations by the Japanese Hayabusa 2 spacecraft show subtle color differences, indicating something has reddened the asteroid’s surface.

Hayabusa 2

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Hayabusa 2 Leaves Asteroid Ryugu and Heads Home

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has completed its mission at asteroid Ryugu — including collecting samples — and is now journeying back to Earth.

Ryugu closeup

Solar System

Hayabusa 2 Finds Asteroid Ryugu Is Dark & Dry

Hayabusa 2’s asteroid Ryugu has some unexpected characteristics. In particular, its dry surface could spell trouble for current theories about how Earth obtained its water.

Post-touchdown

Solar System

Hayabusa 2 Touches Down, Collects Asteroid Sample

The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has touched down on Ryugu, the asteroid it's been orbiting since last summer, and collected a sample from its surface.

MASCOT

Spacecraft and Space Missions

MASCOT Deploys from Hayabusa-2, Lands on Ryugu

The boxy robotic lander MASCOT delivered photos and other data from asteroid Ryugu during a brief 17-hour stay on the asteroid's surface.

Hayabusa 2 shadow

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Touchdown: Hayabusa 2 Deploys Rovers to Explore Ryugu

The Japanese Hayabusa 2 spacecraft dispatched the first of a set of smaller missions that will explore asteroid 162173 Ryugu.

Ryugu closeup

Solar System

Hayabusa 2: Welcome to Ryugu

We got a peek at a new worldlet in the inner solar system this week, as the Japanese Aerospace Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa-2 gave us our first good looks at the tiny asteroid 162173 Ryugu.

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