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Asteroid probe carries samples back toward Earth

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft and its science team bid a bittersweet farewell to the asteroid Ryugu, 180 million miles from Earth, and began the months-long return trip to Earth with a precious set of samples. “This is an emotional moment!” … Continue reading

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Watch a Japanese probe blast an asteroid

If there was ever any doubt that Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft was able to get access to samples from an asteroid called Ryugu last month, a video released today should put those doubts to rest. The black-and-white video clip, shot by the … Continue reading

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Hayabusa 2 probe touches down on asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft successfully touched down today on asteroid Ryugu, more than 200 million miles from Earth, during an operation aimed at blasting away and collecting a sample from the space rock. The 18-foot-wide spacecraft was programmed to extend a yard-long tube … Continue reading

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Lander captures views of asteroid’s rugged terrain

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe and the German-French MASCOT lander have teamed up to send back amazing views of an asteroid that’s more than 180 million miles from Earth, including a snapshot of the lander falling toward the asteroid and an … Continue reading

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Lander plops down on asteroid for 17-hour survey

A robotic probe the size of a shoebox set itself down on the asteroid Ryugu, more than 180 million miles from Earth, and conducted a 17-hour survey of its rocky surroundings. The foot-wide, German-built lander is called MASCOT, which stands … Continue reading

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Check out Hayabusa 2 mission’s asteroid close-ups

The scientists and engineers behind Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission made history last week when the mission’s mothership dropped two mini-rovers onto the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, 180 million miles from Earth, but they’re not resting on their laurels. The first rovers … Continue reading

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Hopping rovers send back pictures from asteroid

Two mini-rovers have sent their first pictures back from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, a day after they were dropped off by Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft. The pictures are blurry because they were taken while the rovers were falling and hopping around … Continue reading

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