Japan’s Breakthrough Asteroid Mission Is Finally Returning Home


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Japan’s Breakthrough Asteroid Mission Is Finally Returning Home



In 2014, the spacecraft launched from the Tanegashima Space Center while aboard the H2A rocket. Its mission? To study and sample a C-type asteroid. Ryugu …

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  1. The Japanese aren’t stupid, this was preliminary work towards astroid mining… and a bit of geological amusement too.
    Mining asteroids is far too lucrative to sideline with nice-but-whatever astroid geology.

  2. Great thing this is landing in Australia and not US, otherwise antifa and or BLM might come across the capsule first and destroy it before humanity is able to glean anything from the samples.

  3. Hayabusa 2 made an artificial crater by the impactor…… Our concern is 1. an extraterrestrial might think it is an attack from human being and they will assault the earth. 2. Hayabusa 2 might brought an egg of Alien. No, No, just kidding (smile).

  4. Japan space agency sometimes baffles me. Why decide to send a space probe to travel 300million miles to study and collect samples from an asteroid, but can not go to the moon to collect samples of moon rocks.

  5. All of this excitement is based on the assumption that the asteroid doesn't get fed up with the satellite and take offence to all of the violence visited upon it.
    ….that or decide to follow the satellite back home.
    "Let's see how You like it…"

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