Japanese Capsule Carrying Pieces of Asteroid Ryugu Will Land on Earth Dec. 6

Japanese capsule carrying pieces of asteroid Ryugu will land on Earth Dec. 6
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The sample-return capsule from Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft returns to Earth carrying pieces of asteroid Ryugu in this artist’s illustration. The landing is set for Dec. 6, 2020. The pristine asteroid material collected by a Japanese spacecraft last year will come down to Earth less than five months from now, if all goes according to plan. Samples of the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) near-Earth asteroid Ryugu snagged by Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe are scheduled to land in the South Australian Outback on Dec. 6 local time, officials of both nations’ space agencies announced yesterday (July 14). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) […]

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