September 2018: Japan’s MINERVA-II-1 and 2 rovers land on Ryugu.
03/10/2018: MASCOT lands on Ryugu.
14/08/2018: primary and back-up landing sites for MASCOT selected at CNES in Toulouse with the MASCOT science community and Hayabusa2 representatives.
Summer 2018: characterization of the asteroid.
27/06/2018: the mission arrives in the vicinity of asteroid Ryugu.
December 2016 - April 2017: second phase of continuous ion engine operation.
12/01-12/02/2016: Meeting of Hayabusa2 scientific team at Jaxa.
Hayabusa2 / MASCOT Scientific Team - Credits JAXA
11/22/2016: Beginning of the second ionic thrust phase which will last until April or May 2017
11/08-11/12/2016: Calibration tests for the on-board experiments.
DLR Lander Control Center engineers in Cologne switched on the 4 instruments on-board the shoe box-sized lander, in order to test the calibration of the experiments. The instruments had a nominal behaviour.
03/2015: MASCOT lander is in perfect health...
12/03/2014: Successful Launch of Hayabusa2!
Late in 09/2014: Departure of Hayabusa2 for Tanegashima launch site.
07/02-07/03/2014: MASCOT Finale Acceptance Review
06/16/2014: Delivery by DLR of MASCOT Flight Model to JAXA
Beginning of 06/2014: Thermal vacuum tests
In Japan: MASCOT Qualification Model participates to the Thermal vacuum tests while integrated to Hayabusa2.
At DLR: Thermal vacuum tests of MASCOT Flight Model (FM) before delivery to JAXA.
The FM will be integrated to Hayabusa2 before the vibration tests.