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Infographic: Hayabusa2 approaches Ryugu asteroid

  • Published at 04:07 pm June 21st, 2018
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Japan's H-IIA rocket lifts off from the launch pad of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center at Takegashima island in Kagaoshima prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu on December 3, 2014 AFP

The 'Hayabusa2' asteroid exploration mission, by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is set to arrive at asteroid Ryugu (formerly known as 1999 JU3) on June 27, after a five year flight. It will release a series of landers and an explosive penetrator to be used to acquire sample materials for return to Earth