Japanese Space Explorer Arrives at Asteroid Ryugu

Japanese Space Explorer Arrives at Asteroid Ryugu:  An unmanned Japanese space explorer has finally arrived at asteroid Ryugu on a journey to collect soil samples and then return back to Earth after traveling nearly four years and 170 million miles - just to get there.  

OK - fine, but what I wanna know is - how is it that this spacecraft is able to send a picture-perfect signal back to Earth from over 170 million miles away, yet Spectrum can’t seem to keep a halfway decent connection to my damn TV set - even with a fiber-optic cable attached?  

Anyway, my only hope is that this mission isn’t intercepted by a massive, gigantic, intergalactic, fire-breathing lizard who forcibly hijacks the probe - rides it all the way back to Japan, and then sets out to completely destroy Tokyo.  Have any of these rocket science geniuses ever thought about that?  I seriously doubt it!


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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 28, 2018 at 9:33pm

I'm actually curious who took that picture... 

Do Japanese Space Explorers take selfies?

If not, did it do the "take my picture, please" thing Japanese tourists often do?... and, if so, who/what did it ask???

Comment by Johnny Robish on June 28, 2018 at 10:03pm

Haha - its interesting you brought that up because my original joke was going to go that direction, but I figured I'd get in trouble (lol)  

Comment by moki ikom on June 29, 2018 at 12:07am

Any idea how far away the unmanned craft landing on the alleged asteroid is from the light source, presumably the Sun, for the still frame photo?  Yes, of course this above image is a staged Earth scene

some search results:

Asteroid (162173) Ryugu is the target object of Hayabusa2, an asteroid exploration and sample return mission led by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Ground-based observations indicate that Ryugu is a C-type near-Earth asteroid with a diameter of less than 1 km, but the knowledge of its detailed properties is still very limited. This paper summarizes our best understanding of the physical and dynamical properties of Ryugu based on remote sensing and theoretical modeling. This information is used to construct a design reference model of the asteroid that is used for formulation of mission operations plans in advance of asteroid arrival. Particular attention is given to the surface properties of Ryugu that are relevant to sample acquisition. This reference model helps readers to appropriately interpret the data that will be directly obtained by Hayabusa2 and promotes scientific studies not only for Ryugu itself and other small bodies but also for the Solar System evolution that small bodies shed light on.


re: "sample return", of course gold and platinum plentitude is desirable if found, but maybe the sample will contain an aggressive, civilization consuming organism like the United States: is the world of, by and for justUS ready for something as alien as Justice ?

Hanabusa 2.0

Colleen Hanabusa official photo.jpg

hanabUSA askheroid himorroid for Governor, whore na looloo

Comment by koshersalaami on June 29, 2018 at 4:57am


Hayabusa2 has arrived at the asteroid but hasn’t landed yet. From other similar examples, we can conclude that this is an illustration. 

Comment by Johnny Robish on June 29, 2018 at 6:53am

Oh yes, that was an illustration.  I simply picked the image which I felt went best with my joke.  Kind of like how grilled cheese goes with tomato soup while you're watching all the cartoons on TV Saturday mornings as a kid.

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 29, 2018 at 6:53am

if it's built anything like Oppurtunity (still going aqfter 14 years) gettin back should be a snap...

Comment by Johnny Robish on June 29, 2018 at 7:01am

While this is potentially exciting, I can't wait for the new James Webb Space Telescope which will replace Hubble in 2021.

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 29, 2018 at 7:03am

i hearya.....me too...

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 29, 2018 at 7:30am

Asteroid smashteroid.....

grilled cheese with tomato soup was a personal childhood best!  ; )

Comment by koshersalaami on June 29, 2018 at 9:12am

Asteroid Smasteroid?

Love those Southernisms


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