Hayabusa 2 touched down on the asteroid Ryugu
The rovers form JAXA(Japanese Aerospace eXploration Agency)’s Hayabusa 2 touched down on asteroid Ryugu early Friday morning on September 21st, at 4:06 UT. Ryugu is 200 million miles far from Earth, Hayabusa 2 will bring samples back from Ryugu for analysis.
Touchdown: Hayabusa 2 Deploys Rovers to Explore Ryugu
The first Hayabusa mission in 2003 brought samples back from the asteroid Itokawa. Samples from Hayabusa 1 have already been analyzed using JASCO Raman NRS-5100.
Four Itokawa particles collected from the first touchdown site were mineralogically investigated by optical microscopy, micro-Raman (μ-Raman) spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis (EPMA), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).