Broadcast 3194 Hotel Mars with Jason Davis on Hayabusa 2 landing & photos

Feedback: What did you think of this show?: 

Guests: John Batchelor, Jason Davis, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Hayabusa 2 and rover landing and taking photos of asteroid Ryugu.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed Jason Davis to the show to discuss the JAXA successful Hayabusa 2 mission which just landed on the asteroid Ryugu.  At the time of this program, four photos had been sent back including surface photos.  We talked about Minerva II and the Rovers 1a and 1b, the hopper technique used by the rovers given the surface condition or the asteroid largely being rubble.  We also talked about the origin of the asteroid which is a main belt asteroid.  Part of the Hayabusa 2 mission includes an upcoming sample return mission with the sample landing in Australia in 2020.  Another point made by our guest was the teaming up to share data with the OSIRIS REX mission.  This was a comprehensive one segment Hotel Mars discussion.

You can email Mr. Batchelor or Jason Davis through me at  In addition, Jason can be reached through the Planetary Society as he is one of their bloggers.



Hayabusa 2 landing on Ryugu, photos and the mission

WARNING: Using Disqus Comments on the Space Show:

To ensure your comments do NOT get caught in the Disqus automatic spam filter systemplease login to your Disqus account or create a verified/approved Disqus account.

Posting multiple URL links WILL TRIGGER the Disqus automatic spam filter system.

26 Sep 2018 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Jason Davis
Your Amazon Purchases Helps Support TSS/OGLF (see

The Space Show Toll Free Number is only available on live broadcast programs. Please call 1-866-687-7223

  • The Space Foundation Conference

  • moonwards-logo