Hayabusa 2, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) asteroid sample return mission, successfully dropped a target marker for the second time near an impact site on the surface of Ryugu early May 30 U.S. time, teeing up an attempt to collect sub-surface ejecta for return to Earth. An earlier attempt to deploy the target marker near a 10-m (32-ft.)  wide artificial crater May 14-16 was aborted autonomously by the spacecraft as it dipped to about 10 meters over the surface ...


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