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Japan’s asteroid probe grabbed a ton of material on its second attempt

December 28th, 2020

The asteroid probe Hayabusa2, sent by the Japanese space agency JAXA, made two attempts to collect material from the surface of the space rock Ryugu. As the now-returned samples reveal, the initial attempt gathered fine particles and sandy material, but the second attempt was much more impressive. JAXA describes the second sample as including rocks …

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Japanese asteroid probe discovers an incredible secret

May 9th, 2020

Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid probe snapped images that reveal the space rock had a close encounter with the Sun. Scorched rock was present on the asteroid’s surface, appearing red in spectral analysis and indicating extreme heating over a short period of time. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid probe has already accomplished a …

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Japan’s asteroid probe just fired up its engine for a historic return to Earth

December 3rd, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid probe has already accomplished a lot. The spacecraft successfully traveled to its target, a space rock known as Ryugu, where it entered orbit and completed some daring sample-gathering maneuvers. Earlier this month, the probe departed from the asteroid and today it begins its journey back to Earth. As Space.com reports, Hayabusa2 recently …

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Japan’s asteroid probe just fired a rover at space rock Ryugu

October 3rd, 2019

The Hayabusa2 probe arrived at the space rock known as Ryugu in June of last year. It was launched by Japan’s space agency JAXA, and during its many months in orbit around the asteroid it’s accomplished a lot. It’s taken photos, fired projectiles into the rock, and snatched samples that will eventually be studied back …

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This is our first look at the hole Japan blasted into an asteroid

April 25th, 2019

Earlier this month, Japan’s space agency JAXA launched an explosive projectile at the space rock known as Ryugu from its Hayabusa2 asteroid probe. Japan wanted to blow a crater into the surface of the rock in order to collect some samples of the material lying underneath, and early observations suggested it nailed its mark as …