UCLA Meteorite Gallery Lecture Series

Hayabusa Spacecraft
$0    |  Jul 21, 2019  |  2:30PM - 3:00PM

Title: “The Hayabusa Spacecraft Missions; Returning Samples of Asteroids to Earth.”

LecturerDr. Ming-Chang Liu

When: 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, 21 July 2019


Ming-Chang obtained his Ph.D. at UCLA about 10 years ago; he is the manager of the NSF National Ion Probe Facility located here at UCLA. 

Despite many problems, Hayabusa 1 was the first spacecraft to sample an asteroid and bring samples back to Earth. Now the Hayabusa 2 space mission will attempt to recover surface materials from asteroid 162173 Ryugu. It was launched December 2014, and is currently in the process of surveying the asteroid. The first touchdown to collect surface samples was conducted on February 22, 2019. In this talk, he will discuss the goals of this mission, show some images taken by on-board cameras and discuss what we hope to learn when the samples are brought back to our terrestrial laboratories.


Free and open to the public.



UCLA, Slichter Hall, Room 3853 (near Meteorite Gallery in Geology 3697)

595 Charles Young Drive East

Los Angeles, CA 90095



Email: meteorites@ucla.edu