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Japan’s Hayabusa2 Probe Lands On Ryugu Asteroid

22 February 2019
Reuters reports that Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 has landed on the Ryugu asteroid “more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, Japan’s space agency said on Friday.” JAXA “said...Hayabusa2 fired a small projectile into the surface of Ryugu to collect particles scientists hope the spacecraft will bring back to Earth for analysis.” After a delay since October because of issues with selecting a landing spot on the asteroid’s surface, Hayabusa2 becomes “the second Japanese spacecraft to land on an asteroid.” Project Manager Yuichi Tsuda said in remarks at news conference, “We may have caused some worry due to the delay but we carried out our plan flawlessly over the past four months to bring it to a successful landing.” JAXA plans to have Hayabusa2 “lift off Ryugu and touch back down up to three times.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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