Ryugu

  • SpaceWatch: lights, moon ice, old rocks

    New views of Enceladus, Ryugu and Comet 67P

    Comet 67P is shining bright The irregularly shaped Comet 67P. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Data from the Europea...

    Astronomy September 22, 2020
  • Some clues to Ryugu’s odd colours

    Researchers suggest it was a trip to the Sun.

    When Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe landed on Ryugu in February last year, it provided the opportunity not only to collect a...

    Astronomy May 8, 2020
  • Ryugu samples bound for Australia

    Hayabusa 2 has made its second collection from the asteroid.

    The Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has collected the second of two samples from near-Earth asteroid 16...

    Astronomy August 7, 2019
  • Take that, Ryugu!

    Small hole on an asteroid; giant smack for humankind.

    Humanity has passed a small, but highly symbolic, milestone: the world just made its first ever crater off the planet...

    Astronomy April 29, 2019
  • Ryugu latest: asteroid is a partially dehydrated ‘pile of rubble’

    Japanese researchers publish three studies on the object of Hayabusa2’s attention. Richard A Love...

    A one-kilometre-wide asteroid known as 162173 Ryugu, currently being mapped by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft, looks li...

    Space March 19, 2019
  • Bennu and Ryugu: a tale of two asteroids

    Comparing and contrasting two worldlets is already proving valuable – and may kickstart the space...

    Successful Japanese and US space missions have given space scientists a unique opportunity to study two near-Earth as...

    Space December 17, 2018
  • In deep space, Hayabusa 2 reaches its destination

    Asteroid-sampling mission moves into high gear.

    On Friday, September 21, rovers called MINERVA-II A and B began their descent from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Ag...

    Space September 21, 2018