|Launch Date||Dec. 3, 2014|
|Launch Site||Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima, Japan|
|Type||Orbiter, Sample Return, Lander, Rover|
|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.
Dec. 3, 2014: Launch
Dec. 3, 2015: Earth Flyby
June 2018: Arrival at Asteroid Ryugu
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Spacecraft Mass: 600 kilograms
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).