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Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese space agency JAXA has confirmed that its space probe Hayabusa 2 has reached the asteroid Ryugu. It’s now at an altitude of about 20 kilometers and from there it will begin a series of observations of the surface in order to find the most suitable area to land. That maneuver will take place in October 2018 at a date yet to be determined.

The Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft blasting off atop a Soyuz rocket (Image NASA TV)

A few hours ago the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with aboard three new crew members to be transported to the International Space Station carrying Norishige Kanai, Anton Shkaplerov and Scott Tingle, three new crew members. This time the Soyuz traveled on the 2-day path instead of the 6-hour fast path used in the previous launches.

The HTV-6 cargo spacecraft capture by the International Space Station's robotic arm (Image NASA TV)

A little while ago the HTV-6 “Kounotori” spacecraft has been captured by the robotic arm Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, operated by Shane Kimbrough with the assistance of Thomas Pesquet. The Japanese space cargo ship, which blasted off last Friday, carries a huge amount of supplies and experiments. After its capture, it will take a little while before the HTV-6 starts getting moved to its berthing location on the Harmony module.