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  3. 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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  4. Hayabusa2/MASCOT- mission MASCOT lands successfully on Ryugu

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    October 3, 2018

    After its release from Hayabusa2 today just before 04:00 and a short free-fall descent at an estimated speed of 15 cm/s, MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid surface SCOuT) successfully landed at the MA-9 site in the southern hemisphere of asteroid Ryugu, after bouncing several times on the particularly inhospitable surface that is strewn with rocks (according to pictures taken by Hayabusa2’s camera from an altitude of 6 kilometres) and where temperatures are not yet known.

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  5. Hayabusa2/MASCOT mission: MASCOT lander successfully released

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    October 3, 2018

    Tuesday 2 October, the Hayabusa2 probe descended from its reference orbit 20 kilometres above asteroid Ryugu to position itself just 55 metres from the surface.

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  7. Mascot prepared from the ground

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    August 30, 2018

    Between 6 and 14 July, the CNES and DLR teams worked on the Mascot instrument preparation from the Mascot control centre at the DLR in Cologne.

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  8. MA-9: MASCOT’s landing site on asteroid Ryugu

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    August 23, 2018

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced today near Tokyo the three landing sites selected for the Hayabusa2 mission, whose small French-German MASCOT surface scout will land in the southern hemisphere of asteroid Ryugu on 3 October.

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  9. Choosing landing site for MASCOT proves “a real challenge”

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    August 14, 2018

    At CNES in Toulouse, the scientists and engineers working on the Hayabusa2/MASCOT mission have finished identifying and ranking 10 possible landing sites for MASCOT on Ryugu. No easy task…

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  11. MASCOT – Pour la science

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    August 22, 2018

    Mascot se posera en octobre sur MA-9, une zone de l’astéroïde Ryugu. Un petit coin de paradis pour les scientifiques ! Le petit engin spatial, développé par les agences spatiales française et allemande, y mènera en effet plusieurs expériences à plus de 300 000 millions de km de la Terre.

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  12. The Hayabusa2 probe arrived around Ryugu

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    June 27, 2018

    After 3.5 years of travel, the Japanese mission arrived 20 km from the asteroid Ryugu. CNES is taking part in the adventure with the little robot Mascot who will analyse its surface: explanations on this success and conversation with Francis Rocard, programme manager of the solar system exploration at CNES.

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  14. Instruments

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    September 28, 2018

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  15. Mission

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    September 28, 2018

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  16. In depth

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    April 23, 2015

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