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“Hayabusa-2” successfully returned to Ryuga

Japanese space probe “Hayabusa-2” made re-landing on an asteroid Ryuga. There, the device must collect soil samples and deliver them to Earth.

Hayabusa-2 was already on the surface of the same asteroid: then the station fired tantalum charges on the surface in order to “stir up” the soil, and now must collect scattered samples. The relief of the asteroid created difficulties during landing – the Hayabusa-2 should have hit the exact square. The surface of the asteroid looks like this:

It is believed that the samples from this asteroid will help scientists understand how the solar system originated. Return to Earth is scheduled to begin in November or December. On the flight to our planet will take about a year.

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