Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Ryugu late July 10 for a second time within five months to obtain samples of the primitive Solar System body for return to Earth, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The brief automated touchdown was confirmed at 9:53 p.m. EDT July 10, or July 11 at 10:53 a.m. Japan Standard Time, as telemetry from Hayabusa 2 reached the Japanese mission control center at Sagamihara, near Tokyo. Upon contact at 9:06 ...

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