As per the reports of the Japanese Space Agency, the exploration period of the hayabusa2 is about to end. The mission got accomplished, and the spacecraft is set for a return journey on the 13th of November. Hayabusa2 has achieved more than expected, and the spacecraft is all set to leave Ryugu and come back to Earth. As an additional success, the spacecraft is expected to bring the asteroid samples that it has collected over time, to Earth. On the Ryugu asteroid, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft has spent more than a year and a half, doing various types of exploratory works. Finally, after achieving a lot, the JAXA’s spacecraft Hayabusa2 is being called back to Earth. With the spacecraft bringing the samples of the asteroid along with it, the entire mission is sure to be a huge success.
On the 13th of November, in the local time of 10:05 a.m. in Japan, the spacecraft will be receiving the first instructions regarding its return. It will then initiate the process for Hayabusa2 to safely depart from the Ryugu system, as per the reports of AFP. By the 18th of November, the gravity of the asteroid should be broken free by Hayabusa2. After this period, the spacecraft will be using its main thrusters to gain the required velocity to start its journey to Earth. By the end of December 2020, Hayabusa2 is expected to be back on Earth.
Hayabusa2 has touched the surface of the asteroid twice, and it has collected the samples of the surface on the 21st of February, 2019, and has even dug more in-depth on the 11th of July, 2019. Additionally, many photos and various robotic crafts were released on the surface for getting a detailed analysis of the samples collected. The entire mission of Hayabusa2 has been an enormous success, and if the spacecraft manages to reach back safely on Earth with the collected samples, it will be one of the most successful space missions of the entire world. Yuichi Tsuda, the project manager, is both happy and sad at the departure of Hayabusa2 from the Ryugu system and is determined to bring it safely back to Earth.