Hayabusa returning sample from Asteroid Ryugu - Track live*!

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has achieved the unbelievable feat of flying formation with a 865m large asteroid. On Sep 21, 2018 the spacecraft Hayabusa 2 tweeted it was within 80 metres of the diamond shaped space rock named Ryugu (162173 Ryugu).

But where is Hayabusa 2 right now?

For Near-Earth operations the most accurate data is available at the official JAXA Hayabusa 2 mission page

It's currently --,---,--- (--,---,---) from earth, travelling at a speed of ---,--- (--,---) relative to us. Every second it gets - (-) us. In other words, it's travelling at incredible speed. It's also going 20 km/h faster every day.

Asteroid Ryugu and spacecraft Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Hayabusa 2 returns to Earth from Asteroid Ryugu

How it happened: Hayabusa 2 chasing asteroid Ryugu

Launched on Dec 3, 2014, the spacecraft spent a little bit of time in the vicinity of earth, before departing on it's epic chase on Dec 3, 2015. As the asteroid is travelling at enormous speed of --,--- (--,---, --) the tiny probe had to fly very fast, reaching a top speed of 119,376 km/h (74,610 mph) At the start of it's chase Hayabusa 2 was 175,697,069 km (109,810,668 mi) away making the mission seem almost impossible. But on June 5th this year it snapped its first images of the diamond shaped space rock: Asteroid Ryugu as seen from Hayabusa 2

The spacecraft whose name means "Peregrine falcon", will collect samples from the surface of 162173 Ruygu and return to earth in December 2020. At this time the micro-gravity of the tiny planet keeps the spacecraft in position.

Asteroid Ryugu currently is not predicted to have a chance of a collision with earth at any time.

*This Interactive 3D Simulation is built on data provided by NASA JPL HORIZONS database for solar system objects and International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center. Distances and speeds are estimates based on this data.

Photo Credit and other: NASA, ESO/S. Brunier, NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI, NASA/JPL-Caltech, JAXA, University of Tokyo & collaborators, UH/IA, Solar System Scope/INOVE CC BY 4.0, Wikipedia/Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License,, Péter Eke, NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Roman Tkachenko, Wikimedia Commons, Hayabusa 2 Arrival illustration by Akihiro Ikeshita (permission granted), oNline Web Fonts, Font Awesome


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