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  2. Intense sequence for CNES, DLR and JAXA- Hayabusa2 and MASCOT arrive at asteroid Ryugu

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    June 27, 2018

    The Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe has reached the end of its 3.2-billion-kilometre journey with its passenger, the French-German MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) lander. Launched in 2014, Hayabusa2 has completed three orbits of the Sun in four years, after which it began a few weeks ago its very slow approach to its final destination. Since today, Hayabusa2 is now escorting Ryugu at a close distance of some 20 kilometres, collecting images and data from this celestial object that spins on itself in a little more than seven and a half hours. MASCOT is scheduled to land on the asteroid in early October.

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  5. Mascot lander is in perfect health

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    March 20, 2015

    All the scheduled operations for the commissioning test went nominally

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  6. Hayabusa 2 mission goes towards... Ryugu asteroid

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    October 6, 2015

    Don't call it 1999 JU3 anymore. It's official, the asteroid targeted by Hayabusa 2 mission is now named Ryugu.

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