JAXA associate professor Yuichi Tsuda holds banner reading 'success' in front of an image of Hayabusa 2 space probe's landing on the Ryugu asteroid, 340 million kilometres from Earth.
JAXA associate professor Yuichi Tsuda holds banner reading 'success' in front of an image of Hayabusa 2 space probe's landing on the Ryugu asteroid, 340 million kilometres from Earth.

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft lands on asteroid, shoots a bullet into it, returns to space

ANI | Updated: Feb 22, 2019 16:53 IST

Tokyo [Japan], February 22 (ANI): The Japanese spacecraft, Hayabusa 2, successfully landed on Ryugu asteroid as part of its multi-year mission of collecting samples from the surface of the asteroid.
The spacecraft completed the next phase of landing on the asteroid, shooting the specially-crafted bullet into it and returning to space, Tech Crunch reported.
In the earlier mission, which was a seven-year voyage, the Hayabusa 2 observed the asteroid, collected samples, and returned to the Earth.
In the sequel mission, scientists believe that the samples collected from Ryugu could offer clues to support a hypothesis of how water and life formed on the surface of the Earth.
Ryugu asteroid has been identified as carbon-rich (a C-type), indicating presence of water in its rocks. The Hayabusa 2 is expected to return to Earth in 2020. (ANI)

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