A Daring Asteroid Mission Kicks Off After Weather Delays

Japan's space agency just launched Hayabusa 2, an ambitious deep space mission to land on an asteroid, smack it with an interceptor, collect and return samples, and deploy rovers. After a multi-day weather delay, the rocket blasted off a scene seaside spaceport, carrying Hayabusa 2 and a collection of opportunistic… » 12/03/14 1:40pm 12/03/14 1:40pm

Life imitates anime as Japan starts making its first space cannon

What do the Space Battle Yamato, the Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross and the Hayabusa-2 space module in common? They all have giant space cannons, or at least all they will shortly. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has tested a weapon which they will add to the module and launch next year. » 10/24/13 7:20am 10/24/13 7:20am