Hayabusa 2 has been a great success story of 2020 . Beingin the field to retrieve it will live with me forever. The first sample of a C-type asteroid is now in the lab and waiting for analysis in 2021. Looking forward to being back in Japan.

Trevor R. Ireland
Professor, Research School of Earth Sciences College of Science
The Australian National University


The successful return of samples from asteroid Ryugu is a momentous occasion. The sample return marks the end of one amazing journey and the beginning of a new one. I am proud of my small role in Hayabusa 2 and look forward to analyzing the samples for years to come!

Dante Lauretta
OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator
Professor, University of Arizona