Hayabusa-2 mission target asteroid 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3): Searching for the object's spin-axis orientation

@article{Muller2016Hayabusa2MT,
  title={Hayabusa-2 mission target asteroid 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3): Searching for the object's spin-axis orientation},
  author={Thomas G. Muller and Josef vDurech and Masato Ishiguro and M. Mueller and Thomas Kruhler and H. A. Yang and M.-J. Kim and Laurence O'Rourke and Fumihiko Usui and Cs. Kiss and Bruno Altieri and Beno{\^i}t Carry and Y.-J. Choi and Marco Delbo’ and J. P. Emery and J. Greiner and Sunao Hasegawa and Joseph L. Hora and Fabian Knust and Daisuke Kuroda and David James Osip and Arne Rau and Andrew S. Rivkin and Patricia Schady and Joanna Elizabeth Thomas-Osip and D. E. Trilling and Seitaro Urakawa and Esa Vilenius and Paul R. Weissman and Peter Zeidler},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2016},
  volume={599}
}
The JAXA Hayabusa2 mission was approved in 2011 with launch planned for late 2014. Arriving at the asteroid (162173) 1999 JU_3 in 2018, it will survey it, land, and obtain surface material, then depart in late 2019, and return to the Earth in December 2020. We observed the near-Earth asteroid 1999 JU_3 with the Herschel Space Observatory in April 2012 at thermal far-infrared wavelengths, supported by several ground-based observations to obtain optical lightcurves. We re-analyzed previously… Expand
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