Hayabusa2, MASCOT, Ryugu, asteroid
An illustration of Hayabusa2 and the asteroid Ryugu. DLR German Aerospace Center

Hayabusa2 Eyes Difficult Landing on Asteroid Ryugu’s Rocky Surface

Covered in primordial rocks and boulders, the near-Earth asteroid’s material could provide important insights into how planetary systems form.

Published On 10/30/2018
7:29 AM EDT
An image taken by MASCOT after the lander's first contact with asteroid Ryugu's surface. DLR/JAXA