Congratulations are in order for the Japanese space agency JAXA! The
Hayabusa 2 Probe has successfully landed on the asteroid
Ryugu’s surface and collected a sample and left the surface.
Here’s the latest status report from JAXA:
National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) executed the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 operation to touch down the surface of the target asteroid Ryugu for sample retrieval.
Data analysis from Hayabusa2 confirms that the sequence of operation proceeded, including shooting a projectile into the asteroid to collect its sample material. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft is in nominal state. This marks the Hayabusa2 successful touchdown on Ryugu.