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Arrival, touchdown and sequel to the voyage of Hayabusa2

On 27 June 2018 the Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrived at the carbonaceous asteroid Ryugu — a top-shaped asteroid with a very dark surface and many boulders. After a careful search for a safe and flat landing site, the first touchdown successfully took place on 22 February 2019.

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Fig. 1: Asteroid (162173) Ryugu.

JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST.

Fig. 2: Landing site selection.

JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST (a); and JAXA (b).

Fig. 3: Image of touchdown site acquired by the ONC wide-angle camera during the spacecraft ascent immediately after touchdown on 22 February 2019.

JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST.

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Yabuta, H. Arrival, touchdown and sequel to the voyage of Hayabusa2. Nat Astron 3, 287–289 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0750-y

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