There was stunning cosmic imagery to feast on over the past year - here's our pick of the offerings.
Dec. 29, 2020 • ~6 min
Scientists in Japan open the Hayabusa-2 space capsule that landed just over a week ago.
Dec. 15, 2020 • ~3 min
A search is under way for a capsule carrying the first large quantities of rock from an asteroid.
Dec. 5, 2020 • ~2 min
A Japanese spacecraft is set to deliver its precious sample cache to the Australian outback.
Dec. 4, 2020 • ~3 min
If the building blocks of life were present at the time that Earth was born, this could mean life is common in the universe.
Dec. 4, 2020 • ~7 min
Hayabusa-2 will return with samples of the asteroid after its yearlong journey back to Earth.
Nov. 13, 2019 • ~2 min
The Japanese Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is about to detonate an explosive charge on the asteroid it is exploring.
April 4, 2019 • ~3 min
A new image from Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft reveals a dark splodge where it touched down on the surface of an asteroid last week.
Feb. 25, 2019 • ~2 min
The Hayabusa-2 probe is ready to descend to the Ryugu asteroid to collect a sample from its surface.
Feb. 21, 2019 • ~7 min