Japan’s Hayabusa2 Gets Extended Mission to Space After It Returns With Asteroid Samples

​Japan's spacecraft Hayabusa2 is now on its way to Earth from an asteroid, bringing samples of the space rock for researchers to examine here on the ground. Rather than ending its run with that delivery, the probe will take off...
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Daring JAXA Mission Will Take 4K and 8K Images of Mars and its Moons

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) teamed up and developed the Super Hi-Vision Camera, capable of recording 4K and 8K pictures space. The project was realized for JAXA's Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission.  JAXA's mission...

Japan’s Moon Rover Has Been Named ‘Lunar Cruiser’

The lunar rover being built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in collaboration with Toyota, has finally been given a name. The pressurized Moon vehicle, which is set to launch in the late 2020s, has been dubbed 'Lunar Cruiser,'...

Carbon Emissions Spotted on the Moon Ask for Revision of the Theory of Lunar Origins

A probe sent to orbit the Moon in order to collect data about it registered something really weird. The natural satellite is discharging a constant stream of carbon ions from almost its overall surface, conflicting with the long-standing theory that...

JAXA Will Launch A Microprobe That Will Orbit The Moon

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working on a new project which involves the launch of a microprobe that will roam the orbit of the Moon. A launch should take before 2025, and it seems that a solid-fuel rocket...

Japan Plans to Collect Samples From Mars’ Moon Phobos

While space agencies all over the world, such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, mainly concentrating their efforts on expeditions to places like the Moon and Mars, the Japanese space agency JAXA is focusing on an entirely different type...

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 is Set to Return to Earth With Asteroid Samples

​Japan's ambitious Hayabusa-2 spacecraft will soon return to Earth, putting an end to its impressive and unique mission. The probe is set to leave its orbit around Ryugu on Wednesday, transporting samples that could help scientists understand how the Solar...