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Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid


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Hayabusa 2’s impactor in a test, blowing through targets and hitting the rubble on the far side of the range.n

The orbiter will not just observe surface changes from the impact, which will help illuminate the origins of other craters and help indicate the character of the surface, but it will also land and collect the “fresh” exposed substances.n

All in all it’s a fabulously interesting mission and one that JAXA, Japan’s NASA equivalent, is uniquely qualified to run. You can bet that asteroid mining companies are watching Hayabusa 2 closely, since a few years from now they may be launching their own versions of it.n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

The coolest mission you haven’t heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That’s amazing!n”,”protected”:false,”author”:12084691,”featured_media”:1717899,”comment_status”:”open”,”ping_status”:”closed”,”sticky”:false,”template”:””,”format”:”standard”,”meta”:”outcome”:””,”status”:””,”crunchbase_tag”:0,”amp_status”:””,”relegenceEntities”:[],”relegenceSubjects”:[],”categories”:[446313605,174,17396],”tags”:[10351,12872],”crunchbase_tag”:[319876144],”tc_stories_tax”:[],”tc_event”:[],”shortlink”:”https://tcrn.ch/2O8eAqx”,”rapidData”:”pt”:””,”pct”:””,”featured”:false,”subtitle”:””,”fundingRound”:false,”seoTitle”:””,”seoDescription”:””,”tc_cb_mapping”:[“slug”:”asteroid”,”cb_name”:”Asteroid”,”cb_slug”:”asteroid-2-organization”,”cb_link”:”https://crunchbase.com/organization/asteroid-2″],”associatedEvent”:null,”event”:null,”authors”:[12084691],”hideFeaturedImage”:false,”relatedArticles”:[],”_links”:”self”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1717862″],”collection”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts”],”about”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/types/post”],”version-history”:[“count”:3,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1717862/revisions”],”predecessor-version”:[“id”:1717902,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1717862/revisions/1717902″],”authors”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/tc/v1/users/12084691″],”replies”:[“embeddable”:true,”count”:2,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments?post=1717862&order=asc&tc_hierarchical=flat”],”https://techcrunch.com/edit”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1717862&action=edit”],”author”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/tc/v1/users/12084691″],”wp:featuredmedia”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/media/1717899″],”wp:attachment”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/media?parent=1717862″],”wp:term”:[“taxonomy”:”category”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/categories?post=1717862″,”taxonomy”:”post_tag”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tags?post=1717862″,”taxonomy”:”_tc_cb_tag_taxonomy”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/crunchbase_tag?post=1717862″,”taxonomy”:”tc_stories_tax”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tc_stories_tax?post=1717862″,”taxonomy”:”tc_event”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tc_event?post=1717862″],”curies”:[“name”:”wp”,”href”:”https://api.w.org/rel”,”templated”:true],”_embedded”:{“authors”:[“id”:12084691,”name”:”Devin Coldewey”,”url”:””,”description”:””,”link”:”https://techcrunch.com/author/devin-coldewey/”,”slug”:”devin-coldewey”,”avatar_urls”:”24″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/69fae9a8a3933fa91e81c086b8eee14a?s=24&d=identicon&r=g”,”48″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/69fae9a8a3933fa91e81c086b8eee14a?s=48&d=identicon&r=g”,”96″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/69fae9a8a3933fa91e81c086b8eee14a?s=96&d=identicon&r=g”,”links”:”homepage”:”http://techcrunch.com/author/tcdevin”,”twitter”:”http://twitter.com/techcrunch”,”linkedin”:”http://www.linkedin.com/company/techcrunch”,”crunchbase”:”https://www.crunchbase.com/person/devin-coldewey”,”position”:”Writer & Photographer”,”cbDescription”:”

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I don’t care for your headline. Do you think that you’re the only one who knows of this mission? You’re not. Many of us out here are also paying attention to space exploration.
nI also don’t care for your second sentence, from a strictly grammatical standpoint. “Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu back to Earth!” should read either “Soon it will touch down itself and bring a sample of Ryugu back to Earth!” OR “Soon it will touch down itself and bring back a sample of Ryugu to Earth!”
nAre you PAID to write like that?n”,”link”:”https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/21/japans-hayabusa-2-mission-lands-on-the-surface-of-a-distant-asteroid/#comment-617769″,”type”:”comment”,”author_avatar_urls”:”24″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/9f4ad2e5cc47478093602ccf34e582c7?s=24&d=identicon&r=g”,”48″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/9f4ad2e5cc47478093602ccf34e582c7?s=48&d=identicon&r=g”,”96″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/9f4ad2e5cc47478093602ccf34e582c7?s=96&d=identicon&r=g”,”techcrunch”:”avatar”:”https://ct.yimg.com/cy/1768/39361574426_98028a_64sq.jpg”,”company”:”none”,”title”:”none”,”user”:”BIX5PW4CL4LXO5RISNZWXFKB4V”,”_links”:”self”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments/617769″],”collection”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments”],”up”:[“embeddable”:true,”post_type”:”post”,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1717862″],”children”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments?parent=617769″],”id”:617770,”parent”:617769,”author”:0,”author_name”:”Robert Bailey”,”author_url”:””,”date”:”2018-09-21T16:58:13″,”content”:”rendered”:”

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