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Hayabusa 2
Hayabusa 2 Mission to Asteroids

Goals: Japan's Hayabusa 2 is designed to study asteroid 1999 JU3 from multiple angles, using remote-sensing instruments, a lander and a rover. It will collect a surface and possible subsurface materials from and return the samples in a capsule to Earth for analysis. The mission also aims to enhance the reliability of asteroid exploration technologies.

Accomplishments: En route to asteroid 1999 JU3.

Key Dates
3 Dec 2014:  Launch
2015:  Earth Swingby
Jun 2018:  Arrival at Asteroid 1999 JU3
Dec 2019:  Leaves Asteroid 1999 JU3 for Earth
2020:  End of Asteroid Mission
Dec 2020:  Asteroid Samples Returned to Earth
Status: En Route to asteroid 1999 JU3
Fast Facts
Hayabusa means falcon in Japanese.

Hayabusa 2 is a successor to JAXA's earlier asteroid explorer Hayabusa, which returned the first asteroid samples to Earth in June 2010.

Hayabusa 2 is the third mission to land on an asteroid. NASA's NEAR-Shoemaker mission was the first mission to touchdown on an asteroid.

Hayabusa 2 is the second asteroid sample-return mission.

An impactor from the spacecraft will create an artificial crater on the surface of asteroid 1999 JU3 in order to expose subsurface material for retrieval by the spacecraft.
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