Japan’s robotic asteroid explorer, Hayabusa 2, dipped to within 55 meters of its distant destination, Ryugu, early Sept. 21 to release two small surface rover/hoppers, the first in a sequence of planned interactions with the carbonaceous planetary object whose primordial features could help to explain the origins of the Solar System. Release of the hexagonal mobile explorers from the bottom of the mothership came at 12:06 a.m. EDT, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ...


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