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Science of solar system materials examined from Hayabusa and future missions

Edited by: Tatsuaki Okada, Michael E. Zolensky, Trevor Ireland, Toru Yada

This special issue originates from the international symposium “Hayabusa 2013 Symposium of solar system materials” which was held on Oct. 2013 at the Sagamihara Campus of JAXA, Japan.

The main topics of this special issue, as well as those of the symposium, are the findings from Hayabusa sample analysis, new insights from solar system material analysis, perspectives of solar system evolution by theoretical, observational and experimental studies, technique and methodology of sample analysis, prospects for future sample return missions, and other related studies.

Publication started: 15 July 2014
Publication finished: 26 July 2015

  1. Letter

    ToF-SIMS analysis of carbonaceous particles in the sample catcher of the Hayabusa spacecraft

    Three carbonaceous category 3 particles (RA-QD02-0180, RB-QD04-0037-01, and RB-QD04-0047-02) returned in the sample catcher from the Hayabusa spacecraft were analyzed by time of flight-secondary ion mass spect...

    Hiroshi Naraoka, Dan Aoki, Kazuhiko Fukushima, Masayuki Uesugi, Motoo Ito, Fumio Kitajima, Hajime Mita, Hikaru Yabuta, Yoshinori Takano, Toru Yada, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Yuzuru Karouji, Takaaki Okada and Masanao Abe

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:67

    Published on: 10 May 2015

  2. Letter

    A micro-Raman and infrared study of several Hayabusa category 3 (organic) particles

    Three category 3 (organic) particles (RB-QD04-0001, RB-QD04-0047-02, and RA-QD02-0120) and so-called ‘white object’ found in the sample container have been examined by micro-Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscop...

    Fumio Kitajima, Masayuki Uesugi, Yuzuru Karouji, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Toru Yada, Hiroshi Naraoka, Masanao Abe, Akio Fujimura, Motoo Ito, Hikaru Yabuta, Hajime Mita, Yoshinori Takano and Tatsuaki Okada

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:20

    Published on: 11 February 2015

  3. Letter

    Towards understanding the dynamical evolution of asteroid 25143 Itokawa: constraints from sample analysis

    The data from the analysis of samples returned by Hayabusa from asteroid 25143 Itokawa are used to constrain the preaccretion history, the geological activity that occurred after accretion, and the dynamical h...

    Harold C Connolly Jr, Dante S Lauretta, Kevin J Walsh, Shogo Tachibana and William F Bottke Jr

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:12

    Published on: 27 January 2015

  4. Letter

    X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopic study of Hayabusa category 3 carbonaceous particles

    Analyses with a scanning transmission x-ray microscope (STXM) using x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy were applied for the molecular characterization of two kinds of carbonaceous partic...

    Hikaru Yabuta, Masayuki Uesugi, Hiroshi Naraoka, Motoo Ito, A L David Kilcoyne, Scott A Sandford, Fumio Kitajima, Hajime Mita, Yoshinori Takano, Toru Yada, Yuzuru Karouji, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Tatsuaki Okada and Masanao Abe

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:156

    Published on: 3 December 2014

  5. Full paper

    Mineralogy of four Itokawa particles collected from the first touchdown site

    Four Itokawa particles collected from the first touchdown site were mineralogically investigated by optical microscopy, micro-Raman (μ-Raman) spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron micropro...

    Takaaki Noguchi, John C Bridges, Leon J Hicks, Steven J Gurman, Makoto Kimura, Takahito Hashimoto, Mitsuru Konno, John P Bradley, Ryuji Okazaki, Masayuki Uesugi, Toru Yada, Yuzuru Karouji, Masanao Abe, Tatsuaki Okada, Takuya Mitsunari, Tomoki Nakamura…

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:124

    Published on: 9 October 2014

  6. Frontier letter

    Mineralogy and defect microstructure of an olivine-dominated Itokawa dust particle: evidence for shock metamorphism, collisional fragmentation, and LL chondrite origin

    We report here detailed analytical scanning and transmission electron microscopic investigations on an olivine-dominated dust particle (RB-QD04-0042) from the surface of asteroid 25143 Itokawa. The dust partic...

    Falko Langenhorst, Dennis Harries, Kilian Pollok and Peter A van Aken

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:118

    Published on: 17 September 2014

  7. Letter

    Sequential analysis of carbonaceous materials in Hayabusa-returned samples for the determination of their origin

    Preliminary results of the analyses of five carbonaceous materials (particle size of approximately 50 μm) from the Hayabusa spacecraft sample catcher, including their texture, chemistry, and chemical/isotopic ...

    Masayuki Uesugi, Hiroshi Naraoka, Motoo Ito, Hikaru Yabuta, Fumio Kitajima, Yoshinori Takano, Hajime Mita, Ichiro Ohnishi, Yoko Kebukawa, Toru Yada, Yuzuru Karouji, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Takaaki Okada and Masanao Abe

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:102

    Published on: 26 August 2014

  8. Letter

    H, C, and N isotopic compositions of Hayabusa category 3 organic samples

    Since isotopic ratios of H, C, and N are sensitive indicators for determining extraterrestrial organics, we have measured these isotopes of Hayabusa category 3 organic samples of RB-QD04-0047-02, RA-QD02-0120,...

    Motoo Ito, Masayuki Uesugi, Hiroshi Naraoka, Hikaru Yabuta, Fumio Kitajima, Hajime Mita, Yoshinori Takano, Yuzuru Karouji, Toru Yada, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Tatsuaki Okada and Masanao Abe

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:91

    Published on: 13 August 2014

  9. Frontier letter

    Mineralogy and crystallography of some Itokawa particles returned by the Hayabusa asteroidal sample return mission

    We studied seven Itokawa particles provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as first International Announcement of Opportunity (AO) study mainly using electron and synchrotron radiation X-ray ...

    Takashi Mikouchi, Mutsumi Komatsu, Kenji Hagiya, Kazumasa Ohsumi, Michael E Zolensky, Viktor Hoffmann, James Martinez, Rupert Hochleitner, Melanie Kaliwoda, Yasuko Terada, Naoto Yagi, Masaki Takata, Wataru Satake, Yuya Aoyagi, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yuzuru Karouji…

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:82

    Published on: 1 August 2014

  10. Letter

    A transmission electron microscope study of Itokawa regolith grains

    Analyses of two olivine-rich particles from asteroid 25143 Itokawa returned by the Hayabusa mission (RA-QD02-0125 and RA-QD02-0211) show evidence for space weathering processes that occurred in the Itokawa reg...

    Lindsay P Keller and Eve L Berger

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:71

    Published on: 15 July 2014