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Japan's Hayabusa 2 has landed on an asteroid, shot it with a special bullet, and returned to space
2019-02-22T03:50:59Z - Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch
Japan’s Hayabusa 2 has landed on an asteroid, shot it with a special bullet, and returned to spaceThe Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has just completed the next phase of its multi-part, multi-year mission by shooting a bullet into the asteroid it had been circling and returning to space. Hopefully, the spacecraft has been able to collect samples of asteroid material kicked off from the surface by the impact from the specially made bullet that the Hayabusa craft shot. The landing and mining mission is the sequel to an earlier mission (the first Hayabusa voyage), which was a seven year voyage during which the spacecraft observed an asteroid, collected samples and returned to Earth. Ryugu is a near earth asteroid that scientists have identified as carbon-rich (a C-type), which may have water in their rocks. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 is expected to return to Earth in 2020 with its rocky haul.

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