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HAYABUYSA 2 FIRST ATTEMPT TO RETRIEVE SAMPLE, Feb 21, 2019, Asteroid Ryugu, 6:00 pm ET (8:00 am Feb 22 Japan Standard Time)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) Hayabusa2 asteroid sample return spacecraft will make its first attempt to obtain a sample of the asteroid Ryugu on Feb 21-22, 2019.

Touchdown will take place at 8:00 am February 22 Japan Standard Time , which is 6:00 pm February 21 Eastern Standard Time.

The spacecraft arrived at Ryugu last fall and three tiny landers were deposited on the surface, but this will be the first time a sample will be obtained.



February 21
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm