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post May 13 2020, 08:50 AM
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Bonjour

News of Hayabusa2’s return trip :

http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/en/topics/20200513_2nd/
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post May 13 2020, 11:51 AM
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HIT THE ASTEROID!
Hayabusa2 touchdown on asteroid Ryugu


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post May 18 2020, 03:10 AM
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So where's the swear jar these days? laugh.gif
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post Jun 23 2020, 06:03 PM
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Minerva-II2 orbiting around Ryugu - unpublished (?) pictures/videos from the monitoring of Minerva-II2 movement can be seen in the presentation (in Japanese) by Mr. Yuya Mitsuhashi, a member of the Hayabusa2 project, on June 20, at Hamagin Children's Space Science Museum (1st Hamagin Kids Science Talk Event) -

- posted on Youtube: from 1:33:25 to 1:38:50

These pictures may not be spectacular, but they are scientifically important (study of the gravitational field around Ryugu)
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post Jun 27 2020, 12:20 AM
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An interesting topic has appeared on the JAXA’s Hayabusa2 website: "Ryugu's porous boulders covered rough surface, everywhere!" , presenting a new paper that has been published in the electronic version of Icarus: Shimaki et al., 2020 „Thermophysical properties of the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu: Infrared observations and thermal inertia mapping”

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„...As a result, it is found that the thermal inertia of the surface of Ryugu is ubiquitously small and porous boulders are distributed all over the surface of Ryugu. Additionally, the surface of Ryugu is as rough as the surface of Hawaii's a'a lava (degrees of roughness for Ryugu is several meter squares, whereas that for a'a lava is several tens centimeter squares, respectively)...”

„...The global surface roughness of Ryugu, covered by numerous boulders, was estimated to be 0.41 ± 0.08, corresponding to the RMS surface slope (average slope of a rough surface) of 47 ± 5°. The RMS surface slope of Ryugu is comparable to that of Hawaii's a'a lava. Note that the RMS slope of Ryugu is for several meter squares, but that of a'a lava for several tens centimeter squares, respectively. These similarities are only in their morphologies, so they do not represent similarities in the compositions and formation processes (Ryugu's boulder is expected to be carbonaceous chondrites rich in organics, but a'a lava is a basaltic igneous rock). However, these results suggest that large-scale roughness can be maintained on the surface of Ryugu because of the tiny gravity and no-weathering environment...”
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post Yesterday, 08:31 PM
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A new topic has appeared on the Hayabusa2 website: "ONC reveals the dark and carbon-rich nature of Ryugu", discussing new article in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics: Tatsumi et al. Global photometric properties of 162173 Ryugu


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„...We found that the geometric albedo is 4.0±0.5 % and standard reflectance is 1.87±0.14 % for Ryugu...
...This suggests that the carbon contents of Ryugu is very high >2 wt. %...

(...Geometric albedo: The ratio brightness of the object observed at phase angle 0˚... Standard reflectance (Reflectance factor at standard geometry): The ratio brightness of the object observed at phase angle 30˚...)

...the reflectance and carbon contents of thermally metamorphosed carbonaceous chondrites (...) which are considered to be similar to Ryugu composition...

...We still don’t know what kind of compounds the carbon is forming. However, so far organic compounds have been widely found in the carbonaceous chondrites. We therefore expect to see large amount of organic compounds from Ryugu’s returned samples...

...Our observational results [of the phase reddening effect] suggest that the presence of fine grains or structure on the Ryugu surface. Surprisingly, the reflectance and degree of phase reddening effect of Ryugu are very similar to those of Bennu... This suggests that the surface properties of the two objects may be very similar. So far, we knew of a few similarities between Ryugu and Bennu, for example density and shape, and now we found a further similarity in reflection properties. On the other hand, there is a difference in hydration degree; Bennu is more hydrated than Ryugu...”
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post Yesterday, 08:55 PM
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From the Hayabusa2 website:

„We have also released a map [several maps] of the place names on the surface of asteroid Ryugu! Please see the gallery on the Hayabusa2 website: http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/galleries/fig/ "

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