Hayabusa2 sampler arm operations.
Credit: JAXA/Screengrab Inside Outer Space

 

Preparations for touchdown of Japan’s Hayabusa2 on asteroid Ryugu are steadily proceeding.

Touchdown time on February 22 is around 8:00 am JST. The touchdown location is an area named L08-E1, just beside the location of earlier ejected target marker.


On the left image, this is location L08-E1, where TM is the target marker. The size of the spacecraft is shown in the lower left. Planned touchdown location on asteroid is marked with a red dot.

Credit: JAXA

Credit: JAXA

Credit: JAXA

“Because the width is only about 6 meters here, very precise navigation guidance is necessary, but our examination has confirmed that this is possible,” according to Hayabusa2 officials.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently briefed reporters on the plan ahead.

Here are some key charts regarding the mission and steps ahead:

Credit: JAXA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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