The launch of Hayabusa2Night side of Venus by AkatsukiThe Earth and Moon by Hayabusa2Earth Rise by KaguyaMercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and Mercury

The launch of Hayabusa2

Hayabusa2 was launched at 1:22:04pm (JST) on December 3, 2014 from the Tanegashima Space Center on board the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26)

Night side of Venus by Akatsuki

Akatsuki is studying the structure and movement of the Venusian atmosphere by combining data a different wavelengths from multiple cameras.

The Earth and Moon by Hayabusa2

Hayabusa2 snapped this image of our home planet and moon during its Earth swing-by at 3:46 (UTC) on November 26, 2015.

Earth Rise by Kaguya

From its orbit around the Moon, SELENE/Kaguya saw the Earth rise over the Lunar surface on April 5th, 2008.

Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and Mercury

Artist impression of the MMO probe from the BepiColombo mission orbiting Mercury as it explores the planet's magnetic field.


What are we up to at ISAS?

Hayabusa2: mapping Ryugu’s extraordinary past

Three research papers have been published this month in the International Journal, Science, detailing the first results from the JAXA/ISAS Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu.

The Shifting Sands of Phobos

The Martian moon, Phobos, has a two-coloured surface that has been difficult to explain. In a Nature Geosciences paper this month, researchers at ISAS・JAXA have suggested a novel explanation that may shed light on how the moons of our red planet were born.

Akatsuki seeks the source of Venus’s extreme weather

Akatsuki may have discovered why Venus’s atmosphere rotates so fast. The reason may play a vital role in the habitability of Earth-sized exoplanets.

Save the date! Q&A ahead of the launch of BepiColombo to Mercury in October

Q&A with the ISAS Deputy Director General, Masaki Fujimoto, and BepiColombo MIO project scientist, Go Murakami, as we get ready for the BepiColombo launch to Mercury this October.

SPICA: A telescope to tell our history in the Universe

Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) officially announced that SPICA was one of three missions being considered for its M5 program. A joint ESA-JAXA mission, SPICA is a space telescope that detects infrared radiation. But what can we learn from the heat signatures in the Universe?

Understanding the aurora: the Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp

“The Northern Lights are movies,” says Yoshifumi Saito from the Division of Solar System Sciences at ISAS. “They show the activity of the Earth’s magnetosphere; the region of space where you can feel the our magnetic field.”

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