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MASCOT Will Search for Water on Asteroid

  When the Japanese Hayabusa-2 mission is launched towards asteroid 1999 JU 3 in 2014 to collect surface samples, MASCOT – the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout – an asteroid lander developed by the German Aerospace Center  will be on board. On arrival at the asteroid in 2018, it will be released from the main spacecraft, [continue reading]

sep 022012
Searching for Clues of Earth’s First Life on Asteroid

  The Japanese space agency JAXA plans to land a spacecraft onto an asteroid in 2018 to search for clues of how life began on Earth. An artists rendering of Hayabusa 2 approaching the asteroid 1999 JU3. Image Credit: JAXA   Hayabusa 2 will be JAXA’s second attempt at collecting material from an asteroid, after its first [continue reading]