Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Prepares To Deploy Asteroid Landers

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission is preparing to release a pair of small camera- and sensor-equipped hopper/rovers to characterize the rocky surface of Near Earth Object Ryugu. Launched Dec. 3, 2014, the probe began its descent toward Ryugu’s...

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