The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission spacecraft initiated a three-day attempt late July 9 to collect a subsurface sample of Ryugu, the carbon-rich, kilometer-wide primitive planetary body it reached just more than a year ago. Touchdown and collection on Ryugu, now 244.5 million km (151.9 million mi.) from Earth, is planned for July 10 between 9:05 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. EDT, or July 11 between 10:05 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Japan Standard ...

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