Hayabusa 2
Launch Date Dec. 3, 2014
Launch Site Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima, Japan
Destination Asteroid
Type Orbiter, Sample Return, Lander, Rover
Status In Progress
Nation Japan
Alternate Names 2014-076A, 40319


Japan's Hayabusa 2 is designed to study asteroid (162173) Ryugu (provisionally known as 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.


En route to asteroid Ryugu.

Key Dates

Dec. 3, 2014: Launch

Dec. 3, 2015: Earth Flyby

June 2018: Arrival at Asteroid Ryugu


Launch Vehicle: H-2A

Spacecraft Mass: 600 kilograms

Spacecraft Instruments:

MASCOT lander, Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI), tDeployable Camera (DCAM3), re-entry capsule, three small (1.5 kg) MINERVA-II rovers, and five targets. The science payload consists of a Thermal Infrared Imager (TIR) and a Near Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS3).

Additional Resources

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency: Hayabusa 2

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