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Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid


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Asteroid Ryugu

A view of the asteroid Ryugu captured by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft on Sunday, from a distance of about 40 kilometers.

Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST

Here's the mission for Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft in a nutshell: Fly to a carbon-rich asteroid between the orbits of Earth and Mars, study it for a year and a half and then bring back some pieces for additional study on Earth.

From The New York Times
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