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Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission


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Asteroid Ryugu

The landing site for Hayabusa's MASCOT lander is shown in blue on the asteroid Ryugu.

Credit: JAXA

After inspecting asteroid Ryugu for two months, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed the sites where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will touchdown to collect a sample to bring back to Earth—and also where it will drop the first two of its planned landing probes.

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