The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return team has decided to touch down on the surface of Ryugu for a second time on July 11 in a bid to gather a sample of scientifically valuable subsurface material. The target material was exposed April 4 after the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft descended from its home position 20 km (12 mi.) above the surface of the asteroid to release an explosive impactor. Makoto Yoshikawa, the Hayabusa 2 project leader, announced ...


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