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Cosmic 'diamond' holds clues to origins of space

Thu, Jun 28, 2018, 08:35 AM
Japan's Hayabusa 2 space probe has finally reached the asteroid, Ryugu, and plans to bring soil samples back to Earth. After nearly 4 years and 2 billion miles, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAEA) Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has reached its target, a diamond-shaped asteroid name Ryugu. According to Hayabusa 2 Project Manager Yuichi Tsuda, Ryugu initially appeared round from a distance then gradually turned into a square before becoming a beautiful shape similar to fluorite. Ryugu’s unique shape creates orbit and landing challenges. The JAEA hopes to put 3 mini rovers on the cosmic rock’s surface.
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