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Mission Cup 2021 Semi Finalist: Hayabusa2- To Ryugu and Back

Hayabusa2 is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) led mission to study and sample asteroid 162173 Ryugu. As a primitive carbonaceous asteroid, investigations of Ryugu could address some important questions surrounding the very origins of our Solar System and how … Continue reading

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Using these “lasers” we punch a hole…

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Austin Power’s nemesis Dr Evil was always up to no good, punching holes in ‘the protective layer around the Earth, which we scientists call the “Ozone Layer”’ with his ‘sophisticated heat beam which we called a “laser”’. Of course we … Continue reading

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Hayabusa: A Peregrine Falcon from Japan landing in Manchester

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Just a few weeks ago it was announced that scientists in our research group at the University of Manchester are among only 11 selected international groups to be allocated a number of sought after particles returned by the Hayabusa mission! This … Continue reading

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MetSoc Days 1 and 2

The Meteoritical Society meeting got underway on Monday morning. A wide range of reasearch has already been presented to an audience of around 550 scientists from all around the world. The Japanese teams working on samples of asteroid Itokawa presented … Continue reading

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Blogging from LPSC – Hayabusa Day

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Hayabusa was a Japanese mission to return material from an asteroid, Itokawa.  Its long story was a series of major problems, mainly overcome,  but until the sample collector was opened, it wasn’t known whether Hayabusa returned any sample at all.  … Continue reading

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