[IES Return Trip] At 8:52 JST, the complete set of commands for “start ion engine acceleration” was uploaded to Hayabusa2. The ion engine operation sequence start time is 10:00 JST (on-board time). Confirmation of the series of operations on Earth is scheduled around 11:30 JST.
[IES Return Trip] At 11:42 JST, Hayabusa2 ion engine acceleration began. The spacecraft was confirmed to be normal.
With this, Hayabusa2’s Earth return cruise operation is declared to have begun
Well, let’s go back to Earth.