New York (The Verge) — Japan’s asteroid sample return mission lands in Australian desert theverge.com/2020/12/5/2215….
On December 5th, Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission successfully landed in the desert of southern Australia, bringing a small sample of material from the asteroid Ryugu to Earth.
The landing is the culmination of Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission, aimed at bringing samples of an asteroid back to Earth. After launching from Japan in 2014, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft spent four years journeying to an asteroid named Ryugu. The vehicle spent a year and a half hanging around the asteroid, mapping the rock’s surface and grabbing samples of material before heading back to Earth. — Loren Grush/@verge