Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...

JAXA to launch Hayabusa2 space probe on Monday

Nov 29, 2014

JAXA to launch Hayabusa2 space probe on Monday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Saturday it will launch its Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer on Monday. Although the launch was initially scheduled for Sunday, it was postponed due to bad weather. The rescheduled liftoff is set for 1:22 p.m. Monday from the Tanegashima Space ...

JAXA hopes to repeat asteroid success with Hayabusa2

Sep 1, 2014

JAXA hopes to repeat asteroid success with Hayabusa2

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency unveiled the new asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 to the press over the weekend as it looks to outdo the particle-collecting feat achieved by its predecessor in 2010. “I’m grateful because the new asteroid probe is now nearly complete,” professor Hitoshi ...

Jun 23, 2014

Asteroid visited by Hayabusa considered for exploration

Asteroid Itokawa, reached by an unmanned Japanese space probe in 2005, might be listed as one of the candidates for a human exploration project being considered for the mid-2020s, NASA has said. The U.S. space agency said Thursday it is looking at several asteroids ...

Oct 8, 2013

Japanese collector restoring rare WWII plane

Nobuo Harada, a collector of World War II-era Japanese aircraft, is working to rebuild a rare Ki-43 Hayabusa fighter from components recovered overseas in the hope of keeping wartime memories alive. No examples of the Hayabusa (Falcon), flown by the Imperial Japanese Army, can ...